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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.

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  • The court sustained the motion
  • She alone sustained her family
  • 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 through the ages Define
to continue through time
  • For twenty years, the company has sustained its leading position in creating special effects for films.
  • He started the project with optimism, but did not sustain the effort required to complete it.

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  • We sustained the diplomatic negotiations as long as possible
  • However, it was not a sustained search by trained people it was intended for, but a swoop by soldiers, a place to get out of sight for half an hour.
    Corrie Ten Boom  --  The Hiding Place
  • My boy Leo built a good ship, but it won’t sustain that kind of stress.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Blood of Olympus
  • At first he was a silent effigy of sorrow; but then the lamentation rose out of him, loud and sustained as the conch.
    William Golding  --  Lord of the Flies
  • He sustained a perfect 4.0 grade-point average through high school and college.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • I’d pop free for a first down now and again, but we couldn’t sustain anything.
    Carl Deuker  --  Gym Candy
  • To Joel, sustainable organic farming means using this free solar energy instead of fossil fuel energy.
    Michael Pollan  --  The Omnivore’s Dilemma
  • though totalitarianism or technocratic government can obtain some swift successes, in the end, only a democracy can enlist a people’s energies on a sustained and renewable basis.
    Jay Allison, et al.  --  This I Believe

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  • Then Juno, grieving that she should sustain
    A death so ling’ring, and so full of pain,
    Virgil  --  The Aeneid
  • Neither can I any longer live without her companionship; so powerful is she to sustain—so tender to soothe!
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
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as in: sustained wounds Define
to suffer (as of injury, damage, or loss)
  • Every building within a two miles of the center of the earthquake sustained damage.
  • He sustained a wound in the left arm, but is expected to recover quickly.

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  • The appalling defeat I then sustained returned to torment me.
    Frederick Douglass  --  The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
  • ...had stood as eye-witnesses while Hester Prynne sustained her punishment...
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • This endless outrage shall they still sustain?
    Virgil  --  The Aeneid
  • No enemy who comes against her is indignant at the reverses which he sustains at the hands of such a city; no subject complains that his masters are unworthy of him.
    Thucydides  --  Pericles’s Funeral Oration
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  • It seemed to me that God himself had devised, to mark my father’s end, the most sustained and brutally dissonant of codas.
    James Baldwin  --  Notes of a Native Son
  • The prince was certain that the great Dutch virtues of hope, strength, and patience would sustain his people until that longed-for moment arrived.
    Mal Peet  --  Tamar

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  • It sustained a searching Congressional investigation at the instance of Fernando Wood in 1870.
    W. E. B. Du Bois  --  The Souls of Black Folk
  • One bomber sustained seventeen hits from friendly planes, or possibly from its own waist guns.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • One seed can sustain him one day, barely.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Mark of Athena
  • I also don’t understand the hunger in Tris’s eyes, devouring everything around us as if it alone can sustain her.
    Veronica Roth  --  Allegiant
  • She wondered if she had sustained a breach in her right main glove.
    Richard Preston  --  The Hot Zone
  • And he is unable, using his own resources, to sustain a long war.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers — Modern English Edition 2
  • God’s peace, she later told me, is what sustained her through the pain, bleeding, and uncertainty of the next eight months of her pregnancy.
    Tim Tebow  --  Through My Eyes
  • This futuristic military base inside a mountain has the capability to be self-sustaining for at least one month.
    Eric Schlosser  --  Fast Food Nation

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  • She fed him herself, the honey and water and herb mixture that sustained life.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Game of Thrones
  • You have no such hope to sustain you.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Clash of Kings
  • From the sea had come the ironborn, and the fish that sustained them even in the depths of winter, but storms brought only woe and grief.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Feast For Crows
  • Dreams will not sustain you.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Dance With Dragons
  • Smaller, more accessible animals such as rabbits and tree squirrels could not sustain a large band such as this one.
    Velma Wallis  --  Two Old Women
  • That’s a grand total of 115,500 calories, a sustainable average of 288 calories per day.
    Andy Weir  --  The Martian
  • After an hour and a half of sustained wind, NASA gave the order to abort.
    Andy Weir  --  The Martian
  • So after a bit she began to speak to him about it, gratified by the emotionless, truly pedestrian tone she was able to sustain.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Such faith, like the faith in sunrise or the phases of the moon, sustained me.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • Even if we managed to organize, we couldn’t sustain a strike.
    Margaret Peterson Haddix  --  Uprising
  • And of course, he’d sustained his share of concussions from being thrown.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Longest Ride
  • Those guys working on the sustainable housing, they were programmers, but a couple of them had studied architecture.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • Maybe she was still on the island, after all these years, old as dirt but sustained by a few of her wards, children who’d grown up but never left.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
  • If I held the knife in my hand, could I make the quick, deep cut on him, could I reach inside, handle the thing, sustain him for the necessary time?
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • It is one of the eighteen life-sustaining planets in the universe.
    Pittacus Lore  --  I Am Number Four
  • We were to assimilate ourselves into the culture before returning to Lorien when it could again sustain life.
    Pittacus Lore  --  I Am Number Four
  • He sustained one small bite on his tail and inflicted terrible damage with his teeth on the wolves, killing one and wounding the other three.
    Gary Paulsen  --  Woodsong
  • Does this sound sustainable to you, Alan?
    Dave Eggers  --  A Hologram for the King
  • But this did not sustain him for long.
    Dave Eggers  --  A Hologram for the King
  • Within myself, I had sustained, from my babyhood, a perpetual conflict with injustice.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • The shock that followed this declaration found voice in a sustained "Ah-h-h!" as the door of the coupe swung slowly open.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • Forms more frequent, white shapes thronged amid the trees, white forms and fragments streaming by mutely, sustaining vain gestures on the air.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • A yellow dressinggown, ungirdled, was sustained gently behind him on the mild morning air.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • The three mates quailed before his strong, sustained, and mystic aspect.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • Help me away, dear Charmian; I shall fall; It cannot be thus long, the sides of nature Will not sustain it.
    William Shakespeare  --  Antony and Cleopatra
  • —Ourself, by monthly course, With reservation of an hundred knights, By you to be sustain’d, shall our abode Make with you by due turns.
    William Shakespeare  --  King Lear
  • Good beauties, let me sustain no scorn; I am very comptible, even to the least sinister usage.
    William Shakespeare  --  Twelfth Night
  • Certainly, the exemplary Mrs. Garth had her droll aspects, but her character sustained her oddities, as a very fine wine sustains a flavor of skin.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • The equable manner in which Mrs. Jellyby sustained both his absence and his restoration to the family circle surprised us all.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • We all felt that we had a part in the management of the place, and in sustaining its character and dignity.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • I have sustained my own idea of Roderick Random for a month at a stretch, I verily believe.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • Old Dantes, who was only sustained by hope, lost all hope at Napoleon’s downfall.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • From the earth, from the air, sustaining forces pour into us—mostly from the earth.
    Erich Maria Remarque  --  All Quiet on the Western Front
  • I faced it without fear nor terror because my faith was strong in the Lord, a-bolstering and sustaining me.
    William Faulkner  --  As I Lay Dying
  • The motion was a smooth flight on a sustained impulse, as if the engine hung above the rails, riding a current.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • And she will be sustained by the feeling of this duty being fulfilled.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • The same day the earth sustained a most violent concussion.
    Voltaire  --  Candide
  • Beneath the fierce and passionless light of truth, faiths that had sustained millions for twice a thousand years vanished like morning dew.
    Arthur C. Clarke  --  Childhood’s End
  • Certain harmonies could be set up here along self-sustaining lines.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • And with subtle bulges beneath folds of his dark robes to reveal that all this fat was sustained partly by portable suspensors harnessed to his flesh.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
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