lengthen or extend in duration or space
We sustained the diplomatic negotiations as long as possible|prolong the treatment of the patient|keep up the good work
Synonym: keep up, prolong
undergo (as of injuries and illnesses)
She suffered a fracture in the accident|He had an insulin shock after eating three candy bars|She got a bruise on her leg|He got his arm broken in the scuffle
Synonym: get, have, suffer
provide with nourishment
We sustained ourselves on bread and water|This kind of food is not nourishing for young children
Synonym: nourish, nurture
supply with necessities and support
She alone sustained her family|The money will sustain our good cause|There's little to earn and many to keep
Synonym: maintain, keep
be the physical support of; carry the weight of
The beam holds up the roof|He supported me with one hand while I balanced on the beam|What's holding that mirror?
Synonym: hold, hold up, support
admit as valid
The court sustained the motion
establish or strengthen as with new evidence or facts
his story confirmed my doubts|The evidence supports the defendant