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verb [transitive] sustain pronunciation in American English /səˈsteɪn/
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present tense
present participlesustaining
past tensesustained
past participlesustained
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  1. 1
    to provide the conditions in which something can happen or exist
    Only two of the planets could sustain life.
    Analysts believe present economic growth can be sustained without inflation.
  2. 2
    formal to give someone strength, energy, or hope
    Throughout the trial he was sustained by the support of his family.
    A cup of coffee isn’t enough to sustain you until lunchtime.
  3. 4
    formal to experience loss, injury, damage, etc.
    One of the officers sustained minor injuries in the fire.
    Many farmers sustained crop damage during yesterday’s hailstorm.


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