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Definition of Sustain


  1. To keep from falling; to bear; to uphold; to support; as, a foundation sustains the superstructure; a beast sustains a load; a rope sustains a weight.
  2. Hence, to keep from sinking, as in despondence, or the like; to support.
  3. To maintain; to keep alive; to support; to subsist; to nourish; as, provisions to sustain an army.
  4. To aid, comfort, or relieve; to vindicate.
  5. To endure without failing or yielding; to bear up under; as, to sustain defeat and disappointment.
  6. To suffer; to bear; to undergo.
  7. To allow the prosecution of; to admit as valid; to sanction; to continue; not to dismiss or abate; as, the court sustained the action or suit.
  8. To prove; to establish by evidence; to corroborate or confirm; to be conclusive of; as, to sustain a charge, an accusation, or a proposition.
  9. One who, or that which, upholds or sustains; a sustainer.
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Sustain Translations

sustain in Afrikaans is ondersteun
sustain in Dutch is stutten, steunen, schragen
sustain in Finnish is nojata
sustain in French is appuyer
sustain in Italian is poggiare, appogiare, sostenere
sustain in Latin is sustineo, tolero, alo (alui altum), sustento
sustain in Portuguese is sustente