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1 sustain

Lengthen or extend in duration or space:
— We sustained the diplomatic negotiations as long as possible.

synonyms: keep up, prolong.

Roget 159: be strong etc. adj., be stronger; overmatch.    render strong etc. adj.; give strength etc. n.; strengthen, invigorate, brace, ... show more

Dutch: bestendigen

2 sustain

Undergo (as of injuries and illnesses).

synonyms: get, have, suffer.

Roget 821: feel; receive an impression etc. n.; be impressed with etc. adj.; entertain feeling, harbor feeling, cherish feeling etc. n.. respond; ... show more

Dutch: kwakkelen, sukkelen, tobben

3 sustain

Provide with nourishment:
— We sustained ourselves on bread and water.

synonyms: nourish, nurture.

Dutch: onderhouden

4 sustain

Supply with necessities and support:
— She alone sustained her family.
— The money will sustain our good cause.

synonyms: keep, maintain.

Roget 170: be in action etc. adj.; operate, work; act, act upon; perform, play, support, sustain, strain, maintain, ... show more

Roget 143: continue, persist; go on, jog on, keep on, run on, hold on; abide, keep, pursue, stick to its course, take its course, maintain its course; carry on, ... show more

5 sustain

Be the physical support of; carry the weight of.

synonyms: hold, hold up, support.

Roget 670: preserve, maintain, keep, sustain, support, hold; keep up, keep alive; refrigerate, keep on ice; not willingly let die; bank up; nurse; ... show more

Roget 707: aid, assist, help, succor, lend one's aid; come to the aid etc. n.. of; contribute, subscribe to; bring aid, give aid, furnish aid, ... show more

Roget 215: be supported &c.; lie on, sit on, recline on, lean on, loll on, rest on, stand on, step on, repose on, abut on, bear on, be based on ... show more

6 sustain

Admit as valid.

7 sustain

Establish or strengthen as with new evidence or facts.

synonyms: affirm, confirm, corroborate, substantiate, support.

Dutch: onderbouwen

Moby thesaurus: abide, abide with, admit, advocate, affirm, afford support, allege in support, allow, answer, approve, argue for, assert, attest, authenticate, authorize, back, back up, be exposed to, be subjected to, bear ... show more.

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