sus·​tain·​ing | \ sə-ˈstā-niŋ How to pronounce sustaining (audio) \

Definition of sustaining

1 : serving to sustain
2 : aiding in the support of an organization through a special fee a sustaining member

Examples of sustaining in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This marked the first time that such area leaders were presented for a sustaining vote in a pre-General Conference setting. David Noyce, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Latest from Mormon Land: Dallin Oaks’ ‘supreme’ sacrifice, and General Conference highs and lows," 8 Apr. 2021 This marked the first time that such area leaders were introduced for a sustaining vote in a pre-General Conference leadership meeting. Kathy Stephenson, The Salt Lake Tribune, "LDS Church names new Primary presidency and general authorities," 3 Apr. 2021 What had been most sustaining, a visit to you child, grandchild, or elderly parent, was overnight, declared too dangerous. Time, "The Pandemic Made Us Strangers to Ourselves. Will We Have Learned Anything When It's Over?," 16 Mar. 2021 Of the millions of words written about Gloria Vanderbilt, the fewest have been about her art, the most sustaining and constant thing over her long life. al, "Gloria Vanderbilt artwork on display at Huntsville Museum of Art," 30 Dec. 2020 Today, the organization encompasses three self-sustaining teams: Tragic City All-Stars (A Team), Iron City Maidens (B Team), and Tragic City Trouble Makers, a junior team of 9- to 18-year-olds that Fallin helped to start in 2017. al, "Get a crash course on Birmingham’s 14-year-old roller derby team," 12 Nov. 2019 That will be the sustaining trait for professionals in our industry. Itika Sharma Punit, Quartz India, "“You must nurture talent over a period of time, it’s not instant coffee”," 29 Oct. 2019 That’s a different and more sustaining antidote to dislocation. Mark Feeney,, "A sense of dislocation in ‘The Last Black Man in San Francisco’," 13 June 2019 Friday's attack was devastating, with 50 people losing their lives and dozens more sustaining injuries when a gunman opened fire on two mosques. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Took a Surprise Outing Yesterday That We All Almost Missed," 20 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of sustaining

1573, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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22 Apr 2021

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“Sustaining.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 May. 2021.

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