HyperDic: sustain

English > 7 senses of the word sustain:
VERBstativesustain, prolong, keep uplengthen or extend in duration or space
bodysustain, suffer, have, getundergo (as of injuries and illnesses)
consumptionsustain, nourish, nurtureprovide with nourishment
consumptionsustain, keep, maintainsupply with necessities and support
contactsustain, hold, support, hold upbe the physical support of
communicationsustainadmit as valid
cognitionsustain, confirm, corroborate, substantiate, support, affirmestablish or strengthen as with new evidence or facts
sustain > pronunciation
Soundssahstey'n
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English > sustain: 7 senses > verb 1, stative
Meaninglengthen or extend in duration or space.
PatternSomebody ----s something; Something ----s something
Example"We sustained the diplomatic negotiations as long as possible"
Synonymsprolong, keep up
Narrowerretain, continue, keep, keep onAllow to remain in a place or position or maintain a property or feature
Broadercontinue, uphold, carry on, bear on, preserveKeep or maintain in unaltered condition
Spanishprolongar, sostener
Adjectivessustainablecapable of being sustained
Nounssustainersomeone who upholds or maintains
sustenancethe act of sustaining life by food or providing a means of subsistence
English > sustain: 7 senses > verb 2, body
MeaningUndergo (as of injuries and illnesses).
PatternSomebody ----s something
Synonymssuffer, have, get
Narrowerbreak down, collapseCollapse due to fatigue, an illness, or a sudden attack
crack up, crack, crock up, break up, collapseSuffer a nervous breakdown
crampSuffer from sudden painful contraction of a muscle
Broaderexperience, receive, have, getgo through (mental or physical states or experiences)
Similar tohaveSuffer from
Spanishpadecer, sufrir
Catalansofrir
English > sustain: 7 senses > verb 3, consumption
MeaningProvide with nourishment.
PatternSomebody ----s somebody; Something ----s somebody
Example"We sustained ourselves on bread and water"
Synonymsnourish, nurture
NarrowercarryBe able to feed
Broaderprovide, supply, ply, caterGive what is desired or needed, especially support, food or sustenance
Spanishalimentar, nutrir, sostener, sustentar
Catalanalimentar, nodrir
Adjectivessustainablecapable of being sustained
Nounssustainmentthe act of sustaining life by food or providing a means of subsistence
sustenancea source of materials to nourish the body
English > sustain: 7 senses > verb 4, consumption
MeaningSupply with necessities and support.
PatternSomebody ----s something; Somebody ----s somebody; Something ----s somebody; Something ----s something
Examples
  • "She alone sustained her family"
  • "The money will sustain our good cause"
Synonymskeep, maintain
NarrowercarryKeep up with financial support
patronagesupport by being a patron of
reseedMaintain by seeding without human intervention
Broaderhave, have got, holdHave or possess / possess, either in a concrete or an abstract sense
Spanishconservar, guardar, mantener, quedar, sostener
Catalanconservar, guardar, mantenir, quedar, sostenir
Nounssustenancethe financial means whereby one lives
English > sustain: 7 senses > verb 5, contact
MeaningBe the physical support of; carry the weight of.
PatternSomebody ----s something; Somebody ----s somebody; Something ----s somebody; Something ----s something
Synonymshold, support, hold up
Narrowerblocksupport, secure, or raise with a block
bracesupport by bracing
bracketsupport with brackets
buoy, buoy upKeep afloat
carrybear or be able to bear the weight, pressure,or responsibility of
chocksupport on chocks
polesupport on poles
prop up, prop, shore up, shoresupport by placing against something solid or rigid
scaffoldProvide with a scaffold for support
trusssupport structurally
underpinsupport from beneath
Spanishapoyar, soportar, sostener
Catalanaguantar, sostenir
English > sustain: 7 senses > verb 6, communication
MeaningAdmit as valid.
PatternSomebody ----s something
Example"The court sustained the motion"
Broaderadmit, acknowledgedeclare to be true or admit the existence or reality or truth of
Spanishsostener
Adjectivessustainablecapable of being sustained
English > sustain: 7 senses > verb 7, cognition
MeaningEstablish or strengthen as with new evidence or facts.
PatternSomebody ----s something; Something ----s something; Somebody ----s that CLAUSE
Synonymsconfirm, corroborate, substantiate, support, affirm
Narrowerback, back upEstablish as valid or genuine
documentsupport or supply with references
prove, demonstrate, establish, show, shewEstablish the validity of something, as by an example, explanation or experiment / experiment
validateprove valid
verifyconfirm the truth of
vouchGive supporting evidence
Oppositenegate, contradictprove negative
Spanishcomprobar, confirmar, constatar, corroborar, ratificar, reafirmar, revalidar, sustanciar
Catalanconfirmar, constatar, corroborar, reafirmar
Adjectivessustainablecapable of being sustained

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