- 1Strengthen or support physically or mentally: this thought had sustained him throughout the years (as adjective sustaining) a sustaining breakfast of bacon and eggsMore example sentences
- Most of all, Angela will always be grateful to the many well wishers, neighbours and friends who have supported and sustained her family throughout the years.
- The strikers have remained defiant throughout the last year sustained by community support and collections.
- We have been greatly encouraged and sustained by the support and prayer that we know has been going on here recently.
- 1.1Cause to continue or be prolonged for an extended period or without interruption: he cannot sustain a normal conversationMore example sentences
continue, carry on, keep up, keep alive, maintain, preserve, conserve, perpetuate, retaincontinuous, ongoing, steady, continual, constant, prolonged, persistent, nonstop, perpetual, unabating, relentless, rolling, unrelieved, unbroken, never-ending, incessant, unceasing, ceaseless, around-the-clock, round-the-clock
- But he said the UK economy had continued to grow and had enjoyed the longest period of continuous and sustained recession-free growth for 50 years.
- The most rapid sustained period of economic growth ever seen in an OECD country combined with many other factors to mean that the political landscape simply had to be different.
- Political stability will be an important factor in ensuring sustained economic growth and continued international integration.
- 1.2(Of a performer) represent (a part or character) convincingly: he sustained the role with burly resilienceMore example sentences
- Working with Marlene Kaminsky for In Absentia was, on the other hand, very difficult since it wasn't a role where you could sustain a character.
- The role of Ed is obviously pivotal to this play, and Adrian Rice sustained the character with a touching blend of humour, thoughtfulness and assurance.
- The ensemble remains strong throughout the piece, and while the second Act may be overlong, the performers sustain their focus with dexterity and integrity.
- 1.3Bear (the weight of an object) without breaking or falling: he sagged against her so that she could barely sustain his weight • figurative his health will no longer enable him to sustain the heavy burdens of officeMore example sentences
- Some of them barely looked capable of sustaining the weight; you could almost see their legs wobbling with the strain.
- Their little wobbly legs barely sustaining their weight.
- The traditional view of sauropods was that they were barely able to sustain their own weight and therefore lived in swamps.
- 2Undergo or suffer (something unpleasant, especially an injury): he died after sustaining severe head injuriesMore example sentences
- Wong suffered slight hand injuries while Cheung sustained head wounds.
- Mayo suffered a big blow the first as their centre half-back sustained a severe injury resulting in her now being able to line out on Sunday August 31.
- Up to November 2003, 27 people died in separate accidents, 221 sustained severe injuries.
- 3Uphold, affirm, or confirm the justice or validity of: the allegations of discrimination were sustainedMore example sentences
- In my respectful view, the evidentiary predicate required to sustain the order that the applicants stand trial was present.
- Now, with all due respect, as I understand it, it is the Court's role to ultimately sustain justice in all cases that are before the Court.
- In the absence of such evidence, a finding of discrimination could not be sustained.
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- An effect or facility on a keyboard or electronic instrument whereby a note can be sustained after the key is released.More example sentences
- She has a decent voice, but it was her sustain on the more difficult notes that really impressed.
- Some guitarists prefer diode clipping, along with the gain required for ultimate sustain.
- Compressing a rock ballad 3 to 4 dB on peaks, the result was intoxicatingly creamy and bold, with beautiful density and sustain.
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- Expand the below-the-zone promotion rate for sustainers to accommodate larger numbers of highly creative thinkers and doers.
- Although these things are vastly impressive and look great on our resume, they are ‘pride sustainers;’ points made to solidify our warm feeling for the school.
- In order to put the time and energy necessary into our continuing publication, we need the help of readers, content contributors, and financial sustainers.
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- There are going to be very high casualties and you need tremendous sustainment both in terms of ammunition and reserves of manpower.
- During deployment, leaders should establish sustainment and cross-training plans on platoon organic weapons.
- This process continues into employment and sustainment and can be observed for the other blocks in the planning and execution process.
Middle English: from Old French soustenir, from Latin sustinere, from sub- 'from below' + tenere 'hold'.