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1. sustain

verb. ['səˈsteɪn'] lengthen or extend in duration or space.

Synonyms

  • bear on
  • uphold
  • prolong
  • continue
  • carry on
  • retain
  • keep
  • preserve
  • keep up

Antonyms

  • precede
  • complain
  • weigh down
  • leave

Etymology

  • sustenir (Old French (842-ca. 1400))
  • sustineo (Latin)

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How do you pronounce sustain?

Pronounce sustain as səˈsteɪn.

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Example sentences of the word sustain


1. Verb, base form
Continue exercising at or close to the maximum heart rate you can sustain for the duration of your workout.

2. Verb, non-3rd person singular present
A circuit of interval training on the ergometer helps you sustain a challenging rate of work without wearing out.

Quotes containing the word sustain


1. It's a special person - and personality - who can lead a start-up to soaring success and sustain that success for the long term. Apple co-founder Steve Jobs and Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg are star examples.
- Marcus Buckingham

2. I hope I'm in a position to make stuff that I really want to make as opposed to stuff that I just have to make for money reasons, or to sustain a certain marquee value.
- Paul Walker

3. When I was working on my first novel, 'The Quilter's Apprentice,' I knew I wanted to write about friendship, especially women's friendship and how women use friendship to sustain themselves and nurture each other.
- Jennifer Chiaverini

2. sustain

verb. ['səˈsteɪn'] undergo (as of injuries and illnesses).

Synonyms

  • collapse
  • suffer
  • break up
  • cramp
  • have
  • experience
  • crock up
  • crack up
  • get
  • break down
  • crack

Antonyms

  • free
  • natural object
  • unstuff
  • show

Etymology

  • sustenir (Old French (842-ca. 1400))
  • sustineo (Latin)

3. sustain

verb. ['səˈsteɪn'] supply with necessities and support.

Synonyms

  • have got
  • maintain
  • have
  • patronage
  • carry
  • keep
  • hold

Antonyms

  • forbid
  • disallow
  • boycott
  • disapproval

Etymology

  • sustenir (Old French (842-ca. 1400))
  • sustineo (Latin)

4. sustain

verb. ['səˈsteɪn'] provide with nourishment.

Synonyms

  • supply
  • provide
  • nurture
  • carry
  • nourish
  • ply

Antonyms

  • disagree
  • take
  • inactivity
  • unfasten

Etymology

  • sustenir (Old French (842-ca. 1400))
  • sustineo (Latin)

5. sustain

verb. ['səˈsteɪn'] admit as valid.

Synonyms

  • acknowledge

Antonyms

  • unblock
  • remember

Etymology

  • sustenir (Old French (842-ca. 1400))
  • sustineo (Latin)

6. sustain

verb. ['səˈsteɪn'] be the physical support of; carry the weight of.

Synonyms

  • support
  • prop up
  • shore up
  • chock
  • carry
  • buoy up
  • underpin
  • shore
  • prop
  • scaffold
  • truss
  • hold
  • buoy
  • pole
  • brace
  • bracket
  • hold up

Antonyms

  • exclude
  • lack
  • stay in place
  • lose

Etymology

  • sustenir (Old French (842-ca. 1400))
  • sustineo (Latin)

7. sustain

verb. ['səˈsteɪn'] establish or strengthen as with new evidence or facts.

Synonyms

  • verify
  • corroborate
  • affirm
  • validate
  • vouch
  • support
  • shew
  • establish
  • back up
  • confirm
  • show
  • demonstrate
  • document
  • substantiate
  • back

Antonyms

  • negate
  • disprove
  • bring to
  • unfreeze

Etymology

  • sustenir (Old French (842-ca. 1400))
  • sustineo (Latin)
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