sus·​tained sə-ˈstānd How to pronounce sustained (audio)
: maintained at length without interruption or weakening : lasting, prolonged
sustained winds
providing sustained support
sustained applause
sustained flight
They can run at sustained speeds of up to 19 mph for considerable distances, and usually only make short flights in order to escape danger or flush prey.Marcy Scott
This degenerative disorder is theoretically caused by excessive and sustained forces of compression.Tracy A. Turner

Examples of sustained in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In the days after, five more sustained fatal injuries, prompting Churchill officials to move their races to another Kentucky racetrack. Joe Drape, New York Times, 17 May 2024 The wife is not much of a role, and Thurman can’t give her anything more than a sustained note of tremulous concern, aside from the occasional moment of anger or impatience when Emma feels her husband is being pushed beyond the limits of his fragile health. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, 17 May 2024 After Gill’s three-year hiatus, fans were largely expecting a sustained GameStop rally reminiscent of the historic pandemic-era squeeze. Rocio Fabbro, Quartz, 16 May 2024 Treasure Valley residents can expect Friday to be the windiest day, with sustained winds between 19 and 24 mph and wind gusts up to 33 mph. Shaun Goodwin, Idaho Statesman, 15 May 2024 Resolution had sought the land swap for about 10 years before the bill's passage but had been repeatedly denied due to sustained opposition by Native peoples and environmentalists. Debra Utacia Krol, The Arizona Republic, 14 May 2024 While there are many factors, many pieces, that have led to what looks to be a path for sustained success for the Panthers, Maurice’s impact can not be understated in streamlining the process. Jordan McPherson, Miami Herald, 5 May 2024 So far, there have not been reports of sustained spread of avian influenza from person to person, but the antiviral medications were prescribed in an abundance of caution. Alice Park, TIME, 3 May 2024 The tense meeting at a community center that follows is the film’s narrative centerpiece and one of the year’s great, sustained cinematic sequences—a tour de force of swiftly escalating stakes, tense character interplay, and deft exposition. Justin Chang, The New Yorker, 3 May 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1775, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of sustained was in 1775

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“Sustained.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2024.

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