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Synonyms for sustain

keep alive




Synonyms for sustain

to keep in a condition of good repair, efficiency, or use

to hold up

to keep from yielding or failing during stress or difficulty

Synonyms for sustain

lengthen or extend in duration or space

provide with nourishment

supply with necessities and support

admit as valid

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Thus the minister felt no apprehension that Roger Chillingworth would touch, in express words, upon the real position which they sustained towards one another.
At first I found that by climbing high into the framework above me I could find more of the precious life-giving elements, and for a while these sustained me.
He gratefully took the kind hand that had sustained him: he said, simply, almost boyishly, "Thank you, Julian.
Turning in his tracks, he was about to push the advantage, when his own mettled steed staggered and fell, under a burden that he could no longer sustain. Mahtoree answered his premature cry of victory, and rushed upon the entangled youth, with knife and tomahawk.
Had the Tetons stayed their efforts on the margin of the grass, it is probable that the honour of the day would have been theirs, notwithstanding the irretrievable loss they had sustained in the death of Mahtoree.
His prowess has been mentioned; and it was chiefly by his courage and example, that the Tetons sustained themselves in the heroic manner they did, when the death of Mahtoree was known.
Was it the voice of another unfortunate creature, abandoned in the middle of the ocean, some other victim of the shock sustained by the vessel?
For an instant, without an exclamation, without a cry for help, Athos tried to sustain himself on the surface of the waters, but the weight dragged him down; he disappeared by degrees; soon nothing was to be seen except his long, floating hair; then both men disappeared and the bubbling of the water, which, in its turn, was soon effaced, alone indicated the spot where these two had sunk.
This attempt was followed up and sustained by others, until in 1825 a footing was secured, and a complete system of trapping organized beyond the mountains.
A small table of rock which projected over the precipice on one side of the stream, and was drenched by the spray of the fall, sustained a huge trunk of a tree which must have been deposited there by some heavy freshet.
On the front seat of the coach there was one of those small baskets in which travelling ladies who are too delicate to appear at a public table generally carry a supply of gingerbread, biscuits and cheese, cold ham, and other light refreshments, merely to sustain nature to the journey's end.
On the defendant's part there had been an attempt, though insufficiently sustained, to blast the plaintiff's character, and a plea, in mitigation of damages, on account of her unamiable temper.
Over the years, through observations and in recent studies, Chemark has determined that what triggers the start of a coatings or paint company and what sustains it are certainly married elements to some extent, but fraught with anxieties of difference.
There always will be aspiring performers who are not able to find work in their field, just as there always will be a select group that successfully sustains careers in music.