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: the act of sustaining : the state of being sustained: such as
: maintenance, upkeep
: preservation, conservation
: maintenance of life, growth, or morale
: provision with sustenance
: something that sustains : support
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care and feeding, conservation, conserving, keep, maintenance, preservation, preserving, upkeep
14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1
Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin sustentation-, sustentatio act of holding up, from sustentare to hold up, frequentative of sustinēre to sustain
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a nest or breeding place
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