Simple Definition of sustain
: to provide what is needed for (something or someone) to exist, continue, etc.
: to hold up the weight of (something)
: to deal with or experience (something bad or unpleasant)
Full Definition of sustain
1 : to give support or relief to
4 : to support the weight of : prop; also : to carry or withstand (a weight or pressure)
5 : to buoy up <sustained by hope>
7a : to support as true, legal, or justb : to allow or admit as valid <the court sustained the motion>
8 : to support by adequate proof : confirm <testimony that sustains our contention>
sustainedlyplay \-ˈstā-nəd-lē, -ˈstānd-lē\ adverb
Examples of sustain in a sentence
Hope sustained us during that difficult time.
The roof, unable to sustain the weight of all the snow, collapsed.
The army sustained heavy losses.
He sustained serious injuries in the accident.
Definition of sustain
: a musical effect that prolongs a note's resonance <utilizing heavy sustain on his guitar — Bill Dahl>
First Known Use of sustain
SUSTAIN Defined for Kids
Definition of sustain for Students
1 : to provide with what is needed <Food sustains life.>
2 : to keep up the spirits of <Hope sustained us.>
3 : to keep up : prolong <This author's books sustain my interest.>
4 : to hold up the weight of <The roof couldn't sustain the weight of the snow.>
5 : 2experience <The army sustained heavy losses.>
6 : to allow or uphold as true, legal, or fair <The judge sustained the motion to dismiss the case.>
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