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Dictionary definition for: Sustain

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

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

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

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

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