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Multiple Meanings
sustain — as in:  sustained by her faith

We sustained ourselves on bread and water.
provide support or necessities
sustain — as in:  sustained through the ages

For twenty years, the company has sustained its leading position in creating special effects for films.
to continue through time
sustain — as in:  sustained wounds

Every building within a two miles of the center of the earthquake sustained damage.
to suffer (as of injury, damage, or loss)
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