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English noun: sustenance

1. sustenance (food) a source of materials to nourish the body


Synonymsaliment, alimentation, nourishment, nutriment, nutrition, victuals


Broader (hypernym)food, nutrient


Narrower (hyponym)course, dainty, delicacy, dish, fast food, finger food, goody, ingesta, kickshaw, kosher, meal, mess, milk, mince, puree, repast, stodge, treat, vitamin, wheat germ

2. sustenance (possession) the financial means whereby one lives


SamplesEach child was expected to pay for their keep.
He applied to the state for support.
He could no longer earn his own livelihood.


Synonymsbread and butter, keep, livelihood, living, support


Broader (hypernym)resource


Narrower (hyponym)amenities, comforts, conveniences, creature comforts, maintenance, meal ticket, subsistence

3. sustenance (act) the act of sustaining life by food or providing a means of subsistence


SamplesThey were in want of sustenance.
Fishing was their main sustainment.


Synonymsmaintenance, sustainment, sustentation, upkeep


Broader (hypernym)support









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