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sustain (v.)

c. 1300, "give support to," from stem of Old French sostenir "hold up, bear; suffer, endure" (13c.), from Latin sustinere "hold up, hold upright; furnish with means of support; bear, undergo, endure," from assimilated form of sub "up from below" (see sub-) + tenere "to hold," from PIE root *ten- "to stretch." Meaning "continue, keep up" (an action, etc.) is from early 14c. Sense of "endure without failing or yielding" is from c. 1400. Related: Sustained; sustaining.

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Definitions of sustain from WordNet

sustain (v.)
lengthen or extend in duration or space;
We sustained the diplomatic negotiations as long as possible
Synonyms: prolong / keep up
sustain (v.)
undergo (as of injuries and illnesses);
Synonyms: suffer / have / get
sustain (v.)
provide with nourishment;
We sustained ourselves on bread and water
Synonyms: nourish / nurture
sustain (v.)
supply with necessities and support;
She alone sustained her family
The money will sustain our good cause
Synonyms: keep / maintain
sustain (v.)
be the physical support of; carry the weight of;
Synonyms: hold / support / hold up
sustain (v.)
admit as valid;
The court sustained the motion
sustain (v.)
establish or strengthen as with new evidence or facts;
From wordnet.princeton.edu