sus·​tain·​ing | \sə-ˈstā-niŋ \

Definition of sustaining 

1 : serving to sustain

2 : aiding in the support of an organization through a special fee a sustaining member

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Estee Lauder for building a profitable and sustaining business back in the 1950s; that's when there really weren't a lot of women in business. Colleen Leahey Mckeegan, Marie Claire, "How to Raise $182 Million," 30 Mar. 2018 And with opium smuggling and local taxation already locked down, attempts were made to control mineral and other self-sustaining resources. Scott Peterson, The Christian Science Monitor, "How Taliban are evolving to compete in Afghanistan," 27 Oct. 2017 Suncor can cover its dividend and its sustaining capital at $40 oil, spokeswoman Sneh Seetal said. Kevin Orland,, "Rout Tests World's No. 3 Oil Reserves After Shell Decamps," 22 June 2017 Vice wrote an account about the 1956 construction of the Kelly Butte Civil Defense building, the nation's first completely underground, self-sustaining emergency operations center. Janet Eastman,, "A bomb shelter for your backyard or basement? (photos)," 12 June 2017 Biosphere 2, the self-contained, self-sustaining world-in-a-bubble built to support ecological research but doomed by technical failures and unforeseen problems, has been sold for $50 million to CDO Ranching & Development. Brandon Keim, WIRED, "Home Developer Buys Biosphere 2," 6 June 2007

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First Known Use of sustaining

1573, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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