Synonyms and Antonyms of sustain

  1. 1 to supply with nourishment a granola bar should sustain you long enough to last until lunch Synonyms nourish, nurture Related Words sate, satiate, satisfy; nurse, suckle; cloy, fill, surfeit; fortify, replenish, strengthen; feed; board, cater, provision, victual

  2. 2 to come to a knowledge of (something) by living through it sustained serious injuries in the car crash Synonyms endure, feel, have, know, pass, see, suffer, experience, taste, undergo, witnessRelated Words encounter, meet; accept, receive; assimilate, digest

  3. 3 to put up with (something painful or difficult) I won't sustain such insolence! Synonyms abide, absorb, accept, bide [chiefly dialect], brook, countenance, endure, go, hack, handle, meet, pocket, stand, stick out, stomach, support, bear, sweat out, take, tolerate, wear [British]Related Words allow, permit, suffer, swallow; reconcile (to); acquiesce, agree (with or to), assent (to), capitulate, consent (to), respect, submit (to), yield (to)Near Antonyms decline, dismiss, refuse, reject, repudiate, spurn, turn down; combat, contest, fight, oppose, resist; avoid, bypass, circumvent, dodge, elude, escape, evade, miss; abstain (from), forbear, refrain (from)

  4. 4 to hold up or serve as a foundation for that old chair won't sustain your weight Synonyms bear, bolster, brace, buttress, carry, prop (up), shore (up), stay, support, undergird, underpin, upholdRelated Words steady, truss, underlie

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to criticize severely

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