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1  —as in:
sustained by her faith
Definition provide support or necessities
  • We sustained ourselves on bread and water.
sustained = supported
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • The donation will sustain our good cause.
  • sustain = support
  • The court sustained the motion
  • sustained = supported
  • She alone sustained her family
  • —religion, in fact, had always sustained her through bad periods, particularly after her father died.
    Robert Cormier  --  I Am the Cheese
  • sustained = supported
  • 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
  • sustain = support
  • 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
  • sustaining = supportive
  • 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
  • sustain = provide necessities of
  • 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
  • sustained = supported
  • 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
sustain = provide support

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2  —as in:
sustained through the ages
Definition to continue through time
  • For twenty years, the company has sustained its leading position in creating special effects for films.
sustained = maintained through time
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • She started the project with optimism, but did not sustain the effort required to complete it.
  • sustain = continue
  • We sustained the diplomatic negotiations as long as possible
  • sustained = continued through time
  • I'd pop free for a first down now and again, but we couldn't sustain anything.
    Carl Deuker  --  Gym Candy
  • sustain = continue through time
  • To Joel, sustainable organic farming means using this free solar energy instead of fossil fuel energy.
    Michael Pollan  --  The Omnivore's Dilemma
  • sustainable = capable of continuing through time
    (Editor's note:  The suffix "-able" means able to be. This is the same pattern you see in words like breakable, understandable, and comfortable.)
  • 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
  • sustained = continuing through time
  • Then Juno, grieving that she should sustain
    A death so ling'ring, and so full of pain,
    Virgil  --  The Aeneid
  • sustain = continue (to suffer)
  • The playful romance we had sustained in the cave has disappeared out in the open, under the hot sun, with the threat of Cato looming over us.
    Suzanne Collins  --  The Hunger Games
  • sustained = maintained or continued
  • Risa believes he can know each of them just by a single sustained glance.
    Neal Shusterman  --  Unwind
  • sustained = continuing through time
  • He sustained a perfect 4.0 grade-point average through high school and college.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
sustained = maintained through time

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3  —as in:
sustained wounds
Definition to suffer (as of injury, damage, or loss)
  • Every building within a two miles of the center of the earthquake sustained damage.
sustained = suffered
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • She sustained a wound in the left arm, but is expected to recover quickly.
  • sustained = suffered
  • They did so as they made their way past and hurried from the house to see if Himmel Street had sustained any damage.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • sustained = suffered
  • You'd walk down McDowell Street, and half the people you passed seemed to be nursing an injury sustained in local combat.
    Jeannette Walls  --  The Glass Castle
  • sustained = suffered
  • One bomber sustained seventeen hits from friendly planes, or possibly from its own waist guns.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • sustained = suffered
  • My father still desired to delay our departure, fearful that I could not sustain the fatigues of a journey, for I was a shattered wreck—the shadow of a human being.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • sustain = endure (suffer through)
  • Later the doctors would speculate that when Dad, Luke and Benjamin had wrestled Shawn to the ground—and he'd sustained a concussion—he was already in critical condition.
    Tara Westover  --  Educated
  • sustained = suffered
  • The appalling defeat I then sustained returned to torment me.
    Frederick Douglass  --  The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
  • sustained = suffered
  • This endless outrage shall they still sustain?
    Virgil  --  The Aeneid
  • sustain = suffer
  • 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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