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sostener vtrverbo transitivo: Verbo que requiere de un objeto directo ("di la verdad", "encontré una moneda"). (sujetar)hold vtrtransitive verb: Verb taking a direct object--for example, "Say something." "She found the cat."
 ¿Puedes sostener el bolso mientras abro la puerta?
sostener vtrverbo transitivo: Verbo que requiere de un objeto directo ("di la verdad", "encontré una moneda"). (fijar la vista) (gaze)hold vtrtransitive verb: Verb taking a direct object--for example, "Say something." "She found the cat."
 A ver si puedes sostenerme la mirada durante cinco segundos.
 Let's see if you can hold my gaze for five seconds.
sostener vtrverbo transitivo: Verbo que requiere de un objeto directo ("di la verdad", "encontré una moneda"). (mantener)hold, have vtrtransitive verb: Verb taking a direct object--for example, "Say something." "She found the cat."
 Los dos jefes de departamento sostuvieron una discusión a voz en grito.
sostener vtrverbo transitivo: Verbo que requiere de un objeto directo ("di la verdad", "encontré una moneda"). (defender una postura)maintain vtrtransitive verb: Verb taking a direct object--for example, "Say something." "She found the cat."
  hold, uphold vtrtransitive verb: Verb taking a direct object--for example, "Say something." "She found the cat."
 A pesar de las pruebas en contra, Perogrullus siguió sosteniendo que la Tierra era plana.
sostener vtrverbo transitivo: Verbo que requiere de un objeto directo ("di la verdad", "encontré una moneda"). (pagar gastos básicos) (life)support, maintain vtrtransitive verb: Verb taking a direct object--for example, "Say something." "She found the cat."
 La única que sostiene a la familia soy yo.
sostenerse v prnlverbo pronominal: Verbo que se conjuga con un pronombre átono ("me", "te", "se") que concuerda con el sujeto ("lavarse", "irse", "enojarse"). (permanecer en pie)stand viintransitive verb: Verb not taking a direct object--for example, "She jokes." "He has arrived."
  stand up vi phrasalphrasal verb, intransitive: Verb with adverb(s) or preposition(s), having special meaning and not taking direct object--for example, "make up" [=reconcile]: "After they fought, they made up."
  remain standing v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end."
  hold yourself up v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end."
 Ha bebido tanto que no se sostiene.
sostenerse v prnlverbo pronominal: Verbo que se conjuga con un pronombre átono ("me", "te", "se") que concuerda con el sujeto ("lavarse", "irse", "enojarse"). (sustentarse) (capable of continuing)be sustainable, be viable vi + adj
  (informal)hold water v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end."
 Esa teoría científica no se sostiene.
 That scientific theory is not sustainable (or: viable).
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Compound Forms:
sostener la mirada loc verblocución verbal: Unidad léxica estable formada de dos o más palabras que funciona como verbo ("sacar fuerzas de flaqueza", "acusar recibo"). (aguantar la mirada) (keep looking at)hold your gaze v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end."
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