Meaning of “sustained” in the English Dictionary

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"sustained" in British English

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sustainedadjective

uk /səˈsteɪnd/ us /səˈsteɪnd/

(Definition of “sustained” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"sustained" in American English

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sustainedadjective

us /səˈsteɪnd/

continuing for a time:

sustained applause
We’ll have to make a sustained effort to finish this job on time.

(Definition of “sustained” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"sustained" in Business English

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sustainedadjective

uk /səˈsteɪnd/ us

continuing at a particular level for a period of time:

sustained economic growth/downturn/recovery The necessary underlying economic conditions for a sustained recovery appear to be in place.
For the trade deficit to fall on a sustained basis, export growth would need to outstrip import growth by a hefty margin.

(Definition of “sustained” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)