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English definition of “sustain”

sustain

verb [T] (CONTINUE)    /səˈsteɪn/
C2 to cause or allow something to continue for a period of time : The economy looks set to sustain its growth into next year . He seems to find it difficult to sustain relationships with women.US The judge sustained (= accepted ) the lawyer's objection .Preserving and savingDefending and protecting C2 to keep alive : The soil in this part of the world is not rich enough to sustain a large population .Preserving and savingDefending and protecting
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