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Overview of verb sustain

The verb sustain has 7 senses? (first 6 from tagged texts)
1. (8) prolong, sustain, keep up

(lengthen or extend in duration or space; "We sustained the diplomatic negotiations as long as possible"; "prolong the treatment of the patient"; "keep up the good work")

2. (3) suffer, sustain, have, get

(undergo (as of injuries and illnesses); "She 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")

3. (2) nourish, nurture, sustain

(provide with nourishment; "We sustained ourselves on bread and water"; "This kind of food is not nourishing for young children")

4. (2) sustain, keep, maintain

(supply with necessities and support; "She alone sustained her family"; "The money will sustain our good cause"; "There's little to earn and many to keep")

5. (1) hold, support, sustain, hold up

(be the physical support of; carry the weight of; "The beam holds up the roof"; "He supported me with one hand while I balanced on the beam"; "What's holding that mirror?")

6. (1) sustain

(admit as valid; "The court sustained the motion")

7. confirm, corroborate, sustain, substantiate, support, affirm

(establish or strengthen as with new evidence or facts; "his story confirmed my doubts"; "The evidence supports the defendant")

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