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sustenance

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noun sus·te·nance \ˈsəs-tə-nən(t)s\

Simple Definition of sustenance

  • : something (such as food) that keeps someone or something alive

  • : something that gives support, help, or strength

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of sustenance

  1. 1a :  means of support, maintenance, or subsistence :  livingb :  food, provisions; also :  nourishment

  2. 2a :  the act of sustaining :  the state of being sustainedb :  a supplying or being supplied with the necessaries of life

  3. 3 :  something that gives support, endurance, or strength

Examples of sustenance in a sentence

  1. Tree bark provides deer with sustenance in periods of drought.

  2. The village depends on the sea for sustenance.

  3. She draws spiritual sustenance from daily church attendance.



Origin and Etymology of sustenance

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from sustenir


First Known Use: 14th century


SUSTENANCE Defined for Kids

sustenance

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noun sus·te·nance \ˈsə-stə-nəns\

Definition of sustenance for Students

  1. 1 :  2living 3, subsistence

  2. 2 :  the act of supplying with the necessities of life

  3. 3 :  2support 2 <God is our sustenance in time of trouble.>





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