Translation of sostener in English:

sostener

vt

sostenerse v pron

  • 1 1.1 (no caerse) la estructura se sostiene sola the structure stays up o stands up without support estaba tan débil que apenas se sostenía en pie he was so weak that he could hardly stand la planta ya no se sostiene the plant doesn't stand up on its own o can't support itself any more 1.2 (en un estado) to remain se sostuvo en el poder a pesar de la crisis she managed to stay o remain in power despite the crisis la economía se ha sostenido firme the economy has held o stood firm se sostuvo en su negativa he kept o stuck firmly to his refusal
  • 2 (sustentarse) apenas puede sostenerse con lo que gana he can hardly support himself on what he earns se sostiene a base de zumos y de leche she lives on o survives on fruit juice and milk

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