- capable of being sustained
- (of economic development, energy sources, etc) capable of being maintained at a steady level without exhausting natural resources or causing severe ecological damage: sustainable development
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- to support or bear up from below;
bear the weight of:Can the bridge sustain the weight of all these trucks?
- to undergo or suffer (injury, loss, etc.):The army sustained heavy losses.
- to keep (a person, the spirits, etc.) from giving way, as when suffering trials, etc.:The thought of seeing his family again sustained him.
- to keep up or going, as an action or process:to sustain a conversation.
- to supply with food, drink, and other necessities of life:The candy bars were just enough to sustain us until the rescuers arrived.
- to uphold or support as valid, just, or correct:The judge sustained the lawyer's objection.
- to support, hold, or bear up from below; bear the weight of, as a structure.
- to bear (a burden, charge, etc.).
- to undergo, experience, or suffer (injury, loss, etc.);
endure without giving way or yielding.
- to keep (a person, the mind, the spirits, etc.) from giving way, as under trial or affliction.
- to keep up or keep going, as an action or process:to sustain a conversation.
- to supply with food, drink, and other necessities of life.
- to provide for (an institution or the like) by furnishing means or funds.
- to support (a cause or the like) by aid or approval.
- to uphold as valid, just, or correct, as a claim or the person making it:The judge sustained the lawyer's objection.
- to confirm or corroborate, as a statement:Further investigation sustained my suspicions.
- Latin sustinēre to uphold, equivalent. to sus- sus- + -tinēre, combining form of tenēre to hold
- Anglo-French sustenir, Old French
- Middle English suste(i)nen 1250–1300
- 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged carry. See support.
- 3.See corresponding entry in Unabridged bear.
- 5.See corresponding entry in Unabridged maintain.