V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary
Definition: 1. to maintain something or keep it in existance; 2. to experience something, especially suffering; 3. to support and encourage
Synonyms: maintain, aid, assist, endure, encounter, experience, support
Antonyms: hinder, impede, prevent
Tips: Sustain is derived from the Old French sustenir, which means "to hold up, endure." To sustain often means "to endure or be endured by something." Sustain is also a legal term used to indicate that an argument is valid.
She works two jobs in order to sustain her family. (maintain, support)
The driver of the car sustained head injuries in the crash. (experienced, encountered, endured)
He endured through the illness, sustained by the love of his family. (aided, supported)
The judge sustained most of the lawyer's objections during the trial. (maintained as valid)
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