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Meaning of sustain

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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

      v 1: 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" [syn:
           {prolong}, {sustain}, {keep up}]
      2: 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" [syn: {suffer}, {sustain},
         {have}, {get}]
      3: provide with nourishment; "We sustained ourselves on bread
         and water"; "This kind of food is not nourishing for young
         children" [syn: {nourish}, {nurture}, {sustain}]
      4: 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" [syn: {sustain}, {keep},
      5: 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?" [syn:
         {hold}, {support}, {sustain}, {hold up}]
      6: admit as valid; "The court sustained the motion"
      7: establish or strengthen as with new evidence or facts; "his
         story confirmed my doubts"; "The evidence supports the
         defendant" [syn: {confirm}, {corroborate}, {sustain},
         {substantiate}, {support}, {affirm}] [ant: {contradict},

Source : WordNet ® Princeton University. 2010.

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