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Monday, June 26, 2006

Word for the Week: sustain


tr.v. sus·tained, sus·tain·ing, sus·tains

  • To keep in existence; maintain.
  • To supply with necessities or nourishment; provide for.
  • To support from below; keep from falling or sinking; prop.
  • To support the spirits, vitality, or resolution of; encourage.
  • To bear up under; withstand: can't sustain the blistering heat.
  • To experience or suffer: sustained a fatal injury.
  • To affirm the validity of: The judge has sustained the prosecutor's objection.
  • To prove or corroborate; confirm.
  • To keep up (a joke or assumed role, for example) competently.

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