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Definition 1: undergo (as of injuries and illnesses) - [verb of body]

Samples where sustain or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • She suffered a fracture in the accident
  • He had an insulin shock after eating three candy bars
  • She got a bruise on her leg
  • He got his arm broken in the scuffle

Synonyms for sustain in the sense of this definition

(sustain is a kind of ...) go through (mental or physical states or experiences)

"get an idea" "experience vertigo" "get nauseous" "receive injuries" "have a feeling"

(... is a kind of sustain ) collapse due to fatigue, an illness, or a sudden attack

(... is a kind of sustain ) suffer from sudden painful contraction of a muscle

(... is a kind of sustain ) suffer a nervous breakdown

(sustain has a similar meaning as ...) suffer from; be ill with

"She has arthritis"

Definition 2: establish or strengthen as with new evidence or facts - [verb of cognition]

Samples where sustain or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • his story confirmed my doubts
  • The evidence supports the defendant

Synonyms for sustain in the sense of this definition

(... is a kind of sustain ) establish as valid or genuine

"Can you back up your claims?"

(... is a kind of sustain ) give supporting evidence

"He vouched his words by his deeds"

(... is a kind of sustain ) confirm the truth of

"Please verify that the doors are closed" "verify a claim"

(... is a kind of sustain ) establish the validity of something, as by an example, explanation or experiment

"The experiment demonstrated the instability of the compound" "The mathematician showed the validity of the conjecture"

(... is a kind of sustain ) support or supply with references

"Can you document your claims?"

(... is a kind of sustain ) prove valid; show or confirm the validity of something

Definition 3: admit as valid - [verb of communication]

Samples where sustain or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The court sustained the motion

(sustain is a kind of ...) declare to be true or admit the existence or reality or truth of

"He admitted his errors" "She acknowledged that she might have forgotten"

Definition 4: supply with necessities and support - [verb of consumption]

Samples where sustain or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • She alone sustained her family
  • The money will sustain our good cause
  • There's little to earn and many to keep

Synonyms for sustain in the sense of this definition

(sustain is a kind of ...) have or possess, either in a concrete or an abstract sense

"She has $1,000 in the bank" "He has got two beautiful daughters" "She holds a Master's degree from Harvard"

(... is a kind of sustain ) support by being a patron of

(... is a kind of sustain ) maintain by seeding without human intervention

"Some plants reseed themselves indefinitely"

(... is a kind of sustain ) keep up with financial support

"The Federal Government carried the province for many years"

Definition 5: provide with nourishment - [verb of consumption]

Samples where sustain or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • We sustained ourselves on bread and water
  • This kind of food is not nourishing for young children

Synonyms for sustain in the sense of this definition

(sustain is a kind of ...) give what is desired or needed, especially support, food or sustenance

"The hostess provided lunch for all the guests"

(... is a kind of sustain ) be able to feed

"This land will carry ten cows to the acre"

Definition 6: be the physical support of; carry the weight of - [verb of contact]

Samples where sustain or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The beam holds up the roof
  • He supported me with one hand while I balanced on the beam
  • What's holding that mirror?

Synonyms for sustain in the sense of this definition

(... is a kind of sustain ) provide with a scaffold for support

"scaffold the building before painting it"

(... is a kind of sustain ) support structurally

"truss the roofs" "trussed bridges"

(... is a kind of sustain ) support by placing against something solid or rigid

"shore and buttress an old building"

(... is a kind of sustain ) support from beneath

(... is a kind of sustain ) support with brackets

"bracket bookshelves"

(... is a kind of sustain ) support on poles

"pole climbing plants like beans"

(... is a kind of sustain ) keep afloat

"The life vest buoyed him up"

(... is a kind of sustain ) support on chocks

"chock the boat"

(... is a kind of sustain ) bear or be able to bear the weight, pressure,or responsibility of

"His efforts carried the entire project" "How many credits is this student carrying?" "We carry a very large mortgage"

(... is a kind of sustain ) support, secure, or raise with a block

"block a plate for printing" "block the wheels of a car"

(... is a kind of sustain ) support by bracing

Definition 7: lengthen or extend in duration or space - [verb of stative]

Samples where sustain or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • We sustained the diplomatic negotiations as long as possible
  • prolong the treatment of the patient
  • keep up the good work

Synonyms for sustain in the sense of this definition

(sustain is a kind of ...) keep or maintain in unaltered condition; cause to remain or last

"preserve the peace in the family" "continue the family tradition" "Carry on the old traditions"

(... is a kind of sustain ) allow to remain in a place or position or maintain a property or feature

"We cannot continue several servants any longer" "She retains a lawyer" "The family's fortune waned and they could not keep their household staff" "Our grant has run out and we cannot keep you on" "We kept the work going as long as we could" "She retained her composure" "this garment retains its shape even after many washings"

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