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English verb: sustain

1. sustain (stative) lengthen or extend in duration or space


SamplesWe sustained the diplomatic negotiations as long as possible.
Prolong the treatment of the patient.
Keep up the good work.


Synonymskeep up, prolong


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)bear on, carry on, continue, preserve, uphold


Narrower (hyponym)continue, keep, keep on, retain

2. sustain (body) undergo (as of injuries and illnesses)


SamplesShe suffered a fracture in the accident.
He had an insulin shock after eating three candy bars.
She got a bruise on her leg.
He got his arm broken in the scuffle.


Synonymsget, have, suffer


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)experience, get, have, receive


Narrower (hyponym)break down, break up, collapse, collapse, crack, crack up, cramp, crock up


Verb grouphave

3. sustain (consumption) provide with nourishment


SamplesWe sustained ourselves on bread and water.
This kind of food is not nourishing for young children.


Synonymsnourish, nurture


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)cater, ply, provide, supply


Narrower (hyponym)carry

4. sustain (consumption) supply with necessities and support


SamplesShe alone sustained her family.
The money will sustain our good cause.
There's little to earn and many to keep.


Synonymskeep, maintain


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)have, have got, hold


Narrower (hyponym)carry, patronage, reseed

5. sustain (contact) be the physical support of; carry the weight of


SamplesThe beam holds up the roof.
He supported me with one hand while I balanced on the beam.
What's holding that mirror?.


Synonymshold, hold up, support


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody.
Something ----s something


Narrower (hyponym)block, brace, bracket, buoy, buoy up, carry, chock, pole, prop, prop up, scaffold, shore, shore up, truss, underpin

6. sustain (communication) admit as valid


SamplesThe court sustained the motion.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)acknowledge, admit

7. sustain (cognition) establish or strengthen as with new evidence or facts


SamplesHis story confirmed my doubts.
The evidence supports the defendant.


Synonymsaffirm, confirm, corroborate, substantiate, support


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something.
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE


Narrower (hyponym)back, back up, demonstrate, document, establish, prove, shew, show, validate, verify, vouch


Antonymsnegate, contradict









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