Textual thesaurus for "sustain"

(verb) have, get, suffer

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

(verb) affirm, substantiate, support, corroborate, confirm

establish or strengthen as with new evidence or facts

his story confirmed my doubts; The evidence supports the defendant

(verb) maintain, keep

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

(verb) nourish, nurture

provide with nourishment

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

(verb) hold, hold up, support

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?

(verb) prolong, keep up

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