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  1  definition  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; 

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