Posted by: retarigan | August 25, 2015

Word Dictionary [250815]


Word of the day: sustain
Definition: v.tr. support, bear the weight of, esp. for a long period.
Synonyms: prolong, keep up
Etymology: ME f. AF sustein-, OF so(u)stein- stressed stem of so(u)stenir f. L sustinere sustent- (as SUB-, tenere hold) (more…)

pronunciation: səsˈteɪn

from Oxford: sustain

v.tr.
1 support, bear the weight of, esp. for a long period.
2 give strength to; encourage, support.
3 (of food) give nourishment to.
4 endure, stand; bear up against.
5 undergo or suffer (defeat or injury etc.).
6 (of a court etc.) uphold or decide in favour of (an objection etc.).
7 substantiate or corroborate (a statement or charge).
8 maintain or keep (a sound, effort, etc.) going continuously.
9 continue to represent (a part, character, etc.) adequately.
Derivatives: sustainable adj.  sustainedly adv.  sustainer n.  sustainment n.
Etymology: ME f. AF sustein-, OF so(u)stein- stressed stem of so(u)stenir f. L sustinere sustent- (as SUB-, tenere hold)

from Wordnet: sustain

v 1: lengthen or extend in duration or space; “We sustained the diplomatic negociations as long as possible”; “prolong the treatment of the patient”; “keep up the good work” [syn: prolong, keep up]
  2: undergo (as of injuries and illnesses); “She suffered a fracture in the accident”; “He had an insulin shock after eating three candy bars”; “She got a bruise on her leg”; “He got his arm broken in the scuffle” [syn: suffer, have, get]
  3: provide with nourishment; “We sustained ourselves on bread and water”; “This kind of food is not nourishing for young children” [syn: nourish, nurture]
  4: supply with necessities and support: “She alone sustained her family”; “The money will sustain our good cause”; “There’s little to earn and many to keep” [syn: keep, maintain]
  5: be the physical support of; carry the weight of; “The beam holds up the roof”; “He supported me with one hand while I balanced on the beam”; “What’s holding that mirror?” [syn: hold, support, hold up]
  6: admit as valid; “The court sustained the motion”
  7: establish or strengthen as with new evidence or facts; “his story confirmed my doubts”; “The evidence supports the defendant” [syn: confirm, corroborate, substantiate, support, affirm] [ant: negate]

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