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  3  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Sustain  \Sus*tain"\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Sustained};  p.  pr  & 
  vb  n.  {Sustaining}.]  [OE.  sustenen  susteinen  OF  sustenir 
  sostenir  F.  soutenir  (the  French  prefix  is  properly  fr  L. 
  subtus  below,  fr  sub  under),  L.  sustinere  pref.  sus-  (see 
  {Sub-})  +  tenere  to  hold  See  {Tenable},  and  cf 
  1.  To  keep  from  falling;  to  bear;  to  uphold;  to  support;  as 
  a  foundation  sustains  the  superstructure;  a  beast  sustains 
  a  load;  a  rope  sustains  a  weight. 
  Every  pillar  the  temple  to  sustain.  --Chaucer. 
  2.  Hence  to  keep  from  sinking,  as  in  despondence,  or  the 
  like  to  support. 
  No  comfortable  expectations  of  another  life  to 
  sustain  him  under  the  evils  in  this  world. 
  3.  To  maintain;  to  keep  alive;  to  support;  to  subsist;  to 
  nourish;  as  provisions  to  sustain  an  army. 
  4.  To  aid,  comfort,  or  relieve;  to  vindicate.  --Shak. 
  His  sons,  who  seek  the  tyrant  to  sustain.  --Dryden. 
  5.  To  endure  without  failing  or  yielding;  to  bear  up  under 
  as  to  sustain  defeat  and  disappointment. 
  6.  To  suffer;  to  bear;  to  undergo. 
  Shall  Turnus,  then,  such  endless  toil  sustain? 
  You  shall  sustain  more  new  disgraces.  --Shak. 
  7.  To  allow  the  prosecution  of  to  admit  as  valid;  to 
  sanction;  to  continue;  not  to  dismiss  or  abate;  as  the 
  court  sustained  the  action  or  suit. 
  8.  To  prove;  to  establish  by  evidence;  to  corroborate  or 
  confirm;  to  be  conclusive  of  as  to  sustain  a  charge,  an 
  accusation,  or  a  proposition. 
  Syn:  To  support;  uphold;  subsist;  assist;  relieve;  suffer; 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Sustain  \Sus*tain"\,  n. 
  One  who  or  that  which  upholds  or  sustains;  a  sustainer. 
  I  waked  again  for  my  sustain  was  the  Lord.  --Milton. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  v  1:  lengthen  or  extend  in  duration  or  space  [syn:  {prolong},  {keep 
  2:  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"  [syn:  {suffer},  {have},  {get}] 
  3:  provide  with  nourishment;  "We  sustained  ourselves  on  bread 
  and  water"  [syn:  {nourish},  {nurture}] 
  4:  supply  with  sustenance  [syn:  {keep},  {maintain}] 
  5:  be  the  support  of  "The  beam  holds  up  the  roof";  "He 
  supported  me  with  one  hand  while  I  balanced  on  the  beam"; 
  "What's  holding  that  mirror?";  also  metaphorically:  "Her 
  efforts  support  us  morally"  [syn:  {hold},  {support},  {hold 
  6:  admit  as  valid;  "The  court  sustained  the  motion" 
  7:  strengthen  or  make  more  firm  as  by  corroboration;  "his  story 
  confirmed  my  doubts"  [syn:  {confirm},  {corroborate},  {substantiate}, 
  {support},  {affirm}]  [ant:  {negate}] 

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