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 Why was your early connection to TV more sustaining? Jessica Pliska, Forbes, 25 Jan. 2022 The myths of the founding embraced by the Tea Party are perhaps the most sustaining force in the imaginary of the contemporary far right. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, 11 Aug. 2021 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, 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, 3 Apr. 2021 What had been most sustaining, a visit to you child, grandchild, or elderly parent, was overnight, declared too dangerous. Time, 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, 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, 12 Nov. 2019 That will be the sustaining trait for professionals in our industry. Itika Sharma Punit, Quartz India, 29 Oct. 2019 See More

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First Known Use of sustaining

1573, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Sustaining.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Aug. 2022.

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