sustain

[ suh-steyn ]
/ səˈsteɪn /

verb (used with object)


Nearby words

  1. susquehanna,
  2. suss,
  3. sussed,
  4. sussex,
  5. sussex spaniel,
  6. sustainability,
  7. sustainable,
  8. sustainable agriculture,
  9. sustainably,
  10. sustained yield

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

Related forms

Synonym study

1. See support.

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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

Word Origin for sustain

C13: via Old French from Latin sustinēre to hold up, from sub- + tenēre to hold

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Word Origin and History for sustain

sustain

v.

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.

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