sustain

[ suh-steyn ]
/ səˈsteɪn /

verb (used with object)

QUIZZES

QUIZ YOURSELF ON THESE WORDS FROM BROWN GIRL DREAMING!

Visualize yourself passing this quiz on words from Jacqueline Woodson’s exquisite verse novel “Brown Girl Dreaming,” and then take the quiz to prove you can do it! (Because you can.)
Question 1 of 10
What does “barren” mean?

Origin of sustain

1250–1300; Middle English suste(i)nen<Anglo-French sustenir,Old French <Latin sustinēre to uphold, equivalent to sus-sus- + -tinēre, combining form of tenēre to hold

synonym study for sustain

1. See support.

OTHER WORDS FROM sustain

Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Example sentences from the Web for sustain

British Dictionary definitions for sustain

sustain
/ (səˈsteɪn) /

verb (tr)

noun

music the prolongation of a note, by playing technique or electronics

Derived forms of sustain

Word Origin for sustain

C13: via Old French from Latin sustinēre to hold up, from sub- + tenēre to hold
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012