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sustain

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

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

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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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