Thesaurus

sustain

verb

Synonyms & Antonyms of sustain

1 to supply with nourishment
  • a granola bar should sustain you long enough to last until lunch

Synonyms for sustain

Words Related to sustain

2 to come to a knowledge of (something) by living through it
  • sustained serious injuries in the car crash

Synonyms for sustain

Words Related to sustain

Phrases Synonymous with sustain

3 to put up with (something painful or difficult)
  • I won't sustain such insolence!

Synonyms for sustain

Words Related to sustain

Phrases Synonymous with sustain

Near Antonyms for sustain

4 to hold up or serve as a foundation for
  • that old chair won't sustain your weight

Synonyms for sustain

Words Related to sustain

See the Dictionary Definition 

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about sustain

Time Traveler for sustain

Time Traveler

The first known use of sustain was in the 13th century

See more words from the same century

Listen to Our Podcast about sustain

Cite this Entry

“Sustain.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/sustain. Accessed 24 Oct. 2020.

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on sustain

Dictionary: Definition of sustain

Nglish: Translation of sustain for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of sustain for Arabic Speakers

Comments on sustain

What made you want to look up sustain? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Namesakes Word Quiz

  • a citrus fruit possibly named after a person
  • Which of the following is a fruit named after a Moroccan seaport?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Add Diction

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!