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sus·tain

sustain

 
 
pronunciation:
s steIn
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: sustains, sustaining, sustained
definition 1: to provide with the basic necessities of life.
They don't earn enough money from these jobs to sustain themselves and their families.
 
synonyms:
support
similar words:
care for, foster, maintain, nourish, nurse, provide for, take care of, tend
definition 2: to keep (something) going or existing.
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synonyms:
maintain
similar words:
carry, continue, nourish, preserve, prolong
derivations: sustainable (adj.), sustainingly (adv.), sustainment (n.)
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The word sustain contains the following parts:
sus- Latin prefix that means under, below
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The prefix "sus- " occurs in Latin loanwords. It is an assimilated form of "sub-."
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