sustain - definition in the Business English Dictionary - Cambridge Dictionaries Online

Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “sustain”

See all translations

sustain

verb [T]
 
 
/səˈsteɪn/
to make or allow something to continue for a period of time: The board accepted that the growth rates could not be sustained indefinitely.
to experience loss, injury, or damage: As a result of the oil spill, BP sustained heavy losses. The port sustained severe damage in the storm.
to provide support for an idea, statement, legal argument, etc.: The data meant the government could not sustain its argument that lower duty on fuel would lead to lower spending on schools and hospitals. Only in one case could the auditors find evidence to sustain a claim of criminal behaviour.
(Definition of sustain from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of sustain?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “sustain” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

intellectualize

to think about or discuss a subject in a detailed and intellectual way, without involving your emotions or feelings

Word of the Day

What’s All The Commotion About? (Words to describe sounds)

by Kate Woodford,
May 20, 2015
​​​ In this post we look at a range of words and phrases that we use to describe noise and the absence of noise. Starting with complete quiet, we sometimes use the noun hush to describe silence: A hush fell over the room as the bride walked in./There was a deathly hush (=complete

Read More 

plyscraper noun

May 18, 2015
a skyscraper made mainly from wood The development of engineered timber could herald a new era of eco-friendly ‘plyscrapers’. Christchurch welcomed its first multistorey timber structure this year, there are plans for Vancouver, and the talk is China could follow

Read More