Definition for sustain

verb as in endure, experience

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Example Sentences

To be sure, Russia’s economic ability to sustain its expansionism is questionable.

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In some countries, officials are concerned not only that Facebook and Google are capturing much of the advertising dollars that have sustained journalism, but also with the types of articles getting shared.

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The idea is that prices will only face sustained upward pressure when the economy is using all its resources –- including labor.

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We’re trying to make enough for food, to sustain our households.

Earlier, in the Jurassic and Cretaceous periods, dinosaurs roamed Antarctica because enhanced volcanic activity, in the absence of those mountain chains, sustained carbon dioxide levels around 1,000 parts per million, compared to 415 ppm today.

They took me in and helped sustain me in the days that followed.

A winning team may pack the stadium, but you need that packed stadium to get top recruits and sustain victories.

How long can they sustain this momentum without falling victim to the same pitfalls as nearly every other long-running series?

Those were the very ills that you wanted to defeat, not help sustain.

Duhozanye has the land and the need, but lacks the $300,000 it will cost to build and sustain.

She was therefore prepared to sustain her part in the drama Routemberg was bringing on the tapis.

The ability to sustain the tone for a long time will increase, and with it the power of the muscles exercised.

Whenever a marriage can be set aside for some illegality, and is not, it will sustain her dower on his death.

Previous to this hour the Girondists had wished to sustain the throne, and merely to surround it with free institutions.

Those required to sustain life and preserve decency, besides other things to maintain her in her social condition.


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When To Use

What are other ways to say sustain?

To sustain, a rather elevated word, suggests completeness and adequacy in supporting: The court sustained his claim. To support is to hold up or add strength to, literally or figuratively: The columns support the roof. To maintain is to support so as to preserve intact: to maintain an attitude of defiance. Uphold applies especially to supporting or backing another, as in a statement, opinion, or belief: to uphold the rights of a minority.

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On this page you'll find 235 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to sustain, such as: assist, bolster, buoy, continue, defend, and help.

From Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.