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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
  • He sustained a perfect 4.0 grade-point average through high school and college.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • sustained = maintained through time
  • 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
sustained = continuing 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
  • 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
  • ...had stood as eye-witnesses while Hester Prynne sustained her punishment...
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • sustained = suffered from
  • 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
  • It was the Führer's chin that sustained the blow.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • sustained = suffered from
  • So—with a mightier struggle than he had yet sustained—he held his Geneva cloak before his face, and hurried onward, making no sign of recognition, and leaving the young sister to digest his rudeness as she might.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • sustained = suffered
  • Such a spiritual seer might have conceived, that, after sustaining the gaze of the multitude through several miserable years as a necessity, a penance, and something which it was a stern religion to endure, she now, for one last time more, encountered it freely and voluntarily, in order to convert what had so long been agony into a kind of triumph.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
sustaining = suffering

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