Sus·tain n. One who, or that which, upholds or sustains; a sustainer. [Obs.]
I waked again, for my sustain was the Lord. --Milton.
Sus·tain v. t. [imp. & p. p. Sustained p. pr. & vb. n. Sustaining.]
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. --Tillotson.
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.
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? --Dryden.
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; undergo.
v 1: 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"
[syn: prolong, keep up]
2: 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" [syn: suffer, have,
3: provide with nourishment; "We sustained ourselves on bread
and water"; "This kind of food is not nourishing for young
children" [syn: nourish, nurture]
4: 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" [syn: keep, maintain]
5: 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?" [syn:
hold, support, hold up]
6: admit as valid; "The court sustained the motion"
7: establish or strengthen as with new evidence or facts; "his
story confirmed my doubts"; "The evidence supports the
defendant" [syn: confirm, corroborate, substantiate,
support, affirm] [ant: negate]