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Definition of Sustain

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.

Sustain Quotations

With the development of industrial capitalism, a new and unanticipated system of injustice, it is libertarian socialism that has preserved and extended the radical humanist message of the Enlightenment and the classical liberal ideals that were perverted into an ideology to sustain the emerging social order.
Noam Chomsky

The arts, quite simply, nourish the soul. They sustain, comfort, inspire. There is nothing like that exquisite moment when you first discover the beauty of connecting with others in celebration of larger ideals and shared wisdom.
Gordon Gee

Our daily deeds as ordinary South Africans must produce an actual South African reality that will reinforce humanity's belief in justice, strengthen its confidence in the nobility of the human soul, and sustain all our hopes for a glorious life for all.
Nelson Mandela

We must not allow the liberals to move us away from the conservative values of the American past which sustain our present and shall secure our future. As for me and my family, we will serve God, we will serve this constitutional republic, we will serve America.
Allen West

I've learned to try to sustain myself by holding on to the integrity of who I am. I'm not talking big diva. I'm quiet. I'm shy. And I became stronger when I stopped trying to be the person they wanted me to be.
Crystal Waters
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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
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