Sustain

Definition of Sustain

Sus`tain´
v. t.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.
[imp. & p. p. Sustained ; p. pr. & vb. n. Sustaining.]
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.
n.1.One who, or that which, upholds or sustains; a sustainer.
I waked again, for my sustain was the Lord.
- Milton.

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