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sustain

[ suh-steyn ]
/ səˈsteɪn /
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verb (used with object)

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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

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To sustain a claim or an idea is to uphold it as valid, just or correct. How does sustain differ from the synonyms maintain, support, or uphold? Find out on Thesaurus.com

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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
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