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sustain -- as in: sustained by her faith
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as in: sustained by her faith Define
provide support or necessities
  • We sustained ourselves on bread and water.
  • The donation will sustain our good cause.
  • The court sustained the motion
  • She alone sustained her family

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  • How could men sustain a high level of idealistic commitment through the grim experiences of disease, death, exhaustion, and frustration as the war ground on year after year?
    James M. McPherson  --  What They Fought For - 1861-1865
  • I had been sustaining myself from my Scriptures a verse at a time; now, like a starving man, I gulped entire Gospels at a reading, seeing whole the magnificent drama of salvation.
    Corrie Ten Boom  --  The Hiding Place
  • Michael Varus had told him that the spirits here were sustained by their strongest desires.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Blood of Olympus
  • The place was self-sufficient: modest in comparison with the empires around it, the Landing nevertheless produced everything required to sustain life except ice, wheat flour, and articles of clothing, supplied by river-boats from Mobile.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • The crying went on, breath after breath, and seemed to sustain him upright as if he were nailed to it.
    William Golding  --  Lord of the Flies
  • This, I figured, could sustain me for three or four more days if need be, but then what would I do?
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild

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  • —religion, in fact, had always sustained her through bad periods, particularly after her father died.
    Robert Cormier  --  I Am the Cheese
  • The reading of these documents enabled me to utter my thoughts, and to meet the arguments brought forward to sustain slavery;
    Frederick Douglass  --  The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
  • I’ve come to appreciate once again that communal reflection about life’s deeper matters is sustaining and uplifting and provides a consistent nudge in worthy directions.
    Jay Allison, et al.  --  This I Believe
  • When I desired their leave that I might pity him, they took from me the use of mine own house; charged me on pain of perpetual displeasure, neither to speak of him, entreat for him, nor any way sustain him.
    William Shakespeare  --  King Lear
  • Would that you could live on the fragrance of the earth, and like an air plant be sustained by the light.
    Kahlil Gibran  --  The Prophet
  • "I beg your pardon," said the Owl. "I was just nabbing a bat. There’s nothing so sustaining, in a small way, as a nice plump little bat."
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Silver Chair
  • You give him breath within to sustain him;
    Akhenaten (Amenhotep IV)  --  The Great Hymn to the Aten
  • When I consider how our houses are built and paid for ... and their internal economy managed and sustained,
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Walden
  • ...this spectral image (which with a slow and solemn movement, as if more fully to sustain its role, stalked to and fro among the waltzers)...
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Masque of the Red Death
  • The ashes of the late world carried on the bleak and temporal winds to and fro in the void. ... Unsupported in the ashen air. Sustained by a breath, trembling and brief.
    Cormac McCarthy  --  The Road
  • Her hand sustain’d a bow;
    Virgil  --  The Aeneid
  • ...their wide short trousers were confined about the waist by belts, often clasped with a rough plate of gold, and sustaining always a long knife, and in some instances, a sword.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • All of us are drawn here, sustained not only by Gaea’s power, but also by our strongest desires.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Blood of Olympus
  • It had drained her worse than the last time she’d used her power, to sustain her pegasus Scipio during their journey across the Atlantic.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Blood of Olympus
  • The god Terminus sustained a magical barrier around the camp, but it slowed the destruction for only a moment.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Blood of Olympus
  • Billy Yank needed an even stronger sense of ideological purpose to sustain him, especially during the summer of 1864, when war-weariness spread like a fog over the northern home front.
    James M. McPherson  --  What They Fought For - 1861-1865
  • It may explain the dogged determination that sustained Union soldiers through four long years of fighting in enemy territory against a foe sustained by the more concrete motive of defending that territory.
    James M. McPherson  --  What They Fought For - 1861-1865
  • "I had some terrific experiences in the wilderness since I wrote you last, overpowering, overwhelming," he gushed to his friend Cornel Tengel. "But then I am always being overwhelmed. I require it to sustain life."
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • It may explain the dogged determination that sustained Union soldiers through four long years of fighting in enemy territory against a foe sustained by the more concrete motive of defending that territory.
    James M. McPherson  --  What They Fought For - 1861-1865
  • But built into his life is awareness of that presence, of the terrain, of the unpredictable weather, of the narrow margin by which he is sustained.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • The last note would linger as long as there was air to sustain it.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • Her Missionary Society refreshments added to her reputation as a hostess (she did not permit Calpurnia to make the delicacies required to sustain the Society through long reports on Rice Christians); she joined and became Secretary of the Maycomb Amanuensis Club.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • The beauty of Betsie’s face sustained me over the next days, as I went from one to another of the women who had loved her, describing to them her peace and her joy.
    Corrie Ten Boom  --  The Hiding Place
  • This is the first test of a modern free government in the act of sustaining itself against internal enemys …. if it fail then the hopes of milions fall and the designs and wishes of all tyrants will succeed the old cry will be sent forth from the aristocrats of europe that such is the common lot of all republics….
    James M. McPherson  --  What They Fought For - 1861-1865
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as in: sustained by her faith Define
provide support or necessities
as in: sustained through the ages Define
to continue through time
as in: sustained wounds Define
to suffer (as of injury, damage, or loss)
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