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Synonyms for sustain
səˈsteɪnsus·tain

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English Synonyms and Antonyms5.0 / 1 vote

  1. sustain

    A person may bear a load either when in motion or at rest; he carries it only when in motion. The stooping Atlas bears the world on his shoulders; swiftly moving Time carries the hour-glass and scythe; a person may be said either to bear or to carry a scar, since it is upon him whether in motion or at rest. If an object is to be moved from the place we occupy, we say carry; if to the place we occupy, we say bring. A messenger carries a letter to a correspondent, and brings an answer. Take is often used in this sense in place of carry; as, take that letter to the office. Carry often signifies to transport by personal strength, without reference to the direction; as, that is more than he can carry; yet, even so, it would not be admissible to say carry it to me, or carry it here; in such case we must say bring. To lift is simply to raise from the ground, tho but for an instant, with no reference to holding or moving; one may be able to lift what he could not carry. The figurative uses of carry are very numerous; as, to carry an election, carry the country, carry (in the sense of capture) a fort, carry an audience, carry a stock of goods, etc. Compare CONVEY; KEEP; SUPPORT.

    Synonyms:
    bear, bring, carry, convey, lift, move, remove, take, transmit, transport

    Antonyms:
    drop, fall under, give up, let go, shake off, throw down, throw off

    Preposition:
    To carry coals to Newcastle; carry nothing from, or out of, this house; he carried these qualities into all he did; carry across the street, over the bridge, through the woods, around or round the corner; beyond the river; the cable was carried under the sea.

Princeton's WordNet5.0 / 1 vote

  1. prolong, sustain, keep upverb

    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"

    Synonyms:
    have, suffer, keep up, keep, draw out, nurture, support, hold up, hold, confirm, protract, follow, extend, get, corroborate, maintain, nourish, substantiate, affirm, keep abreast, preserve, conserve, prolong

  2. suffer, sustain, have, getverb

    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"

    Synonyms:
    bring forth, take, dumbfound, ache, make, endure, mystify, experience, develop, draw, have, maintain, hold, become, confirm, receive, keep, scram, consume, go, stimulate, sire, drive, engender, put up, fix, pay back, digest, get under one's skin, suffer, stick, puzzle, set about, affirm, get down, incur, deliver, hurt, contract, abide, grow, prolong, beat, stomach, start, tolerate, birth, arrest, accept, meet, brook, give, bring, bewilder, mother, own, buzz off, catch, set out, let, feature, obtain, beget, substantiate, flummox, get, generate, stand, have got, find, amaze, take in, vex, start out, convey, capture, give birth, aim, induce, throw, perplex, lose, stupefy, gravel, begin, stick out, fetch, nourish, father, bear, nurture, hold up, arrive, corroborate, produce, acquire, come, keep up, pay off, pose, possess, support, bugger off, cause, ingest, nonplus, commence, baffle

  3. nourish, nurture, sustainverb

    provide with nourishment

    "We sustained ourselves on bread and water"; "This kind of food is not nourishing for young children"

    Synonyms:
    have, suffer, keep up, keep, nurture, support, hold up, hold, bring up, confirm, foster, nutrify, rear, aliment, get, corroborate, maintain, nourish, substantiate, affirm, raise, prolong, parent

  4. sustain, keep, maintainverb

    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"

    Synonyms:
    retain, conserve, get, support, hold back, corroborate, exert, affirm, hold on, hold up, continue, stay fresh, wield, have, go along, defend, assert, celebrate, hold open, keep, proceed, nurture, keep up, observe, nourish, go on, hold, uphold, confirm, save, preserve, prevent, restrain, keep open, suffer, keep on, asseverate, maintain, prolong, keep back, substantiate

  5. hold, support, sustain, hold upverb

    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?"

    Synonyms:
    take, hold in, hold out, make, endure, fend for, affirm, view as, underpin, carry, book, concur, have, maintain, hold, last, moderate, corroborate, confirm, retain, nourish, nurse, defy, support, go, stick up, keep up, patronise, guard, prevail, declare, withstand, adjudge, tolerate, indorse, accommodate, abide, control, prolong, stomach, harbour, patronage, live, reserve, check, hold back, stick out, brook, give, take hold, go for, patronize, deem, apply, stand up, obtain, substantiate, survive, get, bind, stand, have got, entertain, plunk for, live on, curb, back, restrain, keep, concord, keep back, oblige, throw, arrest, hold water, contain, back up, suffer, bear, nurture, subscribe, take for, hold up, harbor, detain, defend, put up, confine, keep going, bear out, admit, digest, plump for, endorse, halt, obligate, agree, delay

  6. sustainverb

    admit as valid

    "The court sustained the motion"

    Synonyms:
    keep up, get, confirm, nourish, prolong, maintain, hold up, affirm, nurture, substantiate, support, suffer, have, corroborate, keep, hold

  7. confirm, corroborate, sustain, substantiate, support, affirmverb

    establish or strengthen as with new evidence or facts

    "his story confirmed my doubts"; "The evidence supports the defendant"

    Synonyms:
    actualise, realise, abide, embody, verify, get, support, stomach, defend, plunk for, hold up, substantiate, keep going, actualize, back, have, avow, fend for, patronise, stick out, assert, back up, keep, digest, nurture, keep up, corroborate, endorse, validate, reassert, hold, confirm, bear out, incarnate, affirm, swan, subscribe, brook, indorse, body forth, tolerate, suffer, endure, stand, aver, maintain, prolong, nourish, realize, patronize, underpin, plump for, patronage, put up, swear, bear

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Editors Contribution0.0 / 0 votes

  1. keep

    Submitted by rinat on August 7, 2019  

Dictionary of English Synonymes0.0 / 0 votes

  1. sustainverb

    Synonyms:
    bear, support, uphold, preserve, hold up, keep from falling

  2. sustainverb

    Synonyms:
    nourish, maintain, subsist, keep alive, supply with food

  3. sustainverb

    Synonyms:
    suffer, undergo, endure

  4. sustainverb

    Synonyms:
    sanction, approve, confirm, ratify

  5. sustainverb

    Synonyms:
    justify, prove, establish, confirm

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How to use sustain in a sentence?

  1. Patrick Allen:

    We understand changing plans in the middle of the year will be difficult for Oregonians, but this action was necessary given the sudden deterioration of the company’s financial position, unfortunately, as a startup, Oregon’s Health CO-OP is not in a position to sustain these losses while meeting its obligations to policyholders.

  2. Premier Rachel Notley:

    Are we going to immediately get to the same standards that everyone else is at? Probably not, but what we need to do is put together a credible, science-based plan that will sustain the review of experts, that bends the curve and sets Alberta on the right path.

  3. Mayor Ed Murray:

    Far too many smoking lounges attract and sustain illegal, violent activity that has no place in our neighborhoods.

  4. Jamal Saghir:

    Terrorist organizations like ISIS capitalize on the devastation wrought by climate change to attract new members, the ISIS recruiters offered money, food and other riches to rural Iraqis to lure The ISIS recruiters into joining the ranks of the jihadist group. With no means to sustain The ISIS recruiters through agricultural means, many farmers accepted ISIS' bribes for both monetary and morale support.

  5. Donald Trump:

    Apart from negatively affecting our bilateral relationships with Saudi Arabia, the United Kingdom, Spain, and Italy, the joint resolution would hamper the ability of The United States to sustain and shape critical security cooperation activities.


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