verb (used with object)
Origin of sustain
Examples from the Web for sustain
A winning team may pack the stadium, but you need that packed stadium to get top recruits and sustain victories.How The University of Wisconsin Badgers Are Bucking the Big Ten Ticket Flop|Brian Weidy|October 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
How long can they sustain this momentum without falling victim to the same pitfalls as nearly every other long-running series?Will Gardner Had to Die So That ‘The Good Wife’ Could Thrive|Jason Lynch|September 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Duhozanye has the land and the need, but lacks the $300,000 it will cost to build and sustain.
But fluctuations of mere feet during its flood season could sustain the rise of empires, or hasten their fall.
Moreover, any truly effective coordination would be politically controversial, logistically problematic, and hard to sustain.
But now the boiler proved to be too small to furnish steam steadily in sufficient quantity to sustain the higher speed.A History of the Growth of the Steam-Engine|Robert H. Thurston
For the most part, they were not unwilling to sustain the Turkish Government.With the Turks in Palestine|Alexander Aaronsohn
Of all the property spared them by previous oppressors, nothing was left to sustain the miserable survivors.The Rise of the Hugenots, Vol. 1 (of 2)|Henry Martyn Baird
Of course we were rather substantial, and our wings did seem too thin and small to sustain us satisfactorily.Life on the Stage|Clara Morris
How, then, could I hope to sustain a week of isolation in that lonely spot?The Monk and The Hangman's Daughter|Adolphe Danziger De Castro and Ambrose Bierce
British Dictionary definitions for sustain
Word Origin for sustain
Word Origin and History for sustain
late 13c., from Old French sustenir "hold up, endure," from Latin sustinere "hold up, support, endure," from sub "up from below" (see sub-) + tenere "to hold" (see tenet). Related: Sustained; sustaining.