sus·​tained | \ sə-ˈstānd How to pronounce sustained (audio) \

Definition of sustained

: 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

First Known Use of sustained

1775, in the meaning defined above

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to move with exaggerated bouncy motions

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