sustenance

noun sus·te·nance \ ˈsəs-tə-nən(t)s \

Definition of sustenance

1 a :means of support, maintenance, or subsistence :living
2 a :the act of sustaining :the state of being sustained
b :a supplying or being supplied with the necessaries of life
3 :something that gives support, endurance, or strength

Examples of sustenance in a Sentence

  1. Tree bark provides deer with sustenance in periods of drought.

  2. The village depends on the sea for sustenance.

  3. She draws spiritual sustenance from daily church attendance.

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Origin and Etymology of sustenance

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from sustenir

sustenance Synonyms

Synonyms
aliment, food, nourishment, pabulum
Related Words
refection
Near Antonyms
candy, fluff, pablum, pap, trash

SUSTENANCE Defined for English Language Learners

sustenance

noun

Definition of sustenance for English Language Learners

  • : something (such as food) that keeps someone or something alive

  • : something that gives support, help, or strength


SUSTENANCE Defined for Kids

sustenance

noun sus·te·nance \ ˈsə-stə-nəns \

Definition of sustenance for Students

2 :the act of supplying with the necessities of life
3 :2support 2
  • God is our sustenance in time of trouble.


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