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For twenty years, the company has sustained its leading position in creating special effects for films.
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Sustain has many reasonably common, but diverse senses. Accordingly, it is generally recommended that you just learn the sense (or senses) that currently interest you.
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  • 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.
  • 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

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  • 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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