sustain

[ suh-steyn ]
/ səˈsteɪn /

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

OTHER WORDS FROM sustain

synonym study for sustain

1. See support.
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British Dictionary definitions for sustainment

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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