sustain


sustain

verb

Definition of SUSTAIN

1
to supply with nourishment <a granola bar should sustain you long enough to last until lunch>
Synonyms nourish, nurture
2
to come to a knowledge of (something) by living through it <sustained serious injuries in the car crash>
3
to put up with (something painful or difficult) <I won't sustain such insolence!>
Related Words allow, permit, suffer, swallow; reconcile (to); acquiesce, agree (with or to), assent (to), capitulate, consent (to), respect, submit (to), yield (to)
4
to hold up or serve as a foundation for <that old chair won't sustain your weight>
Related Words steady, truss, underlie

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