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verb [T] uk   us   /səˈsteɪn/

sustain verb [T] (CONTINUE)

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.C2 to keep alive: The soil in this part of the world is not rich enough to sustain a large population.
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sustain verb [T] (SUFFER)

formal to suffer or experience, especially damage or loss: She sustained multiple injuries in the accident. Most buildings sustained only minimal damage in the earthquake. The company has sustained heavy losses this year.

sustain verb [T] (SUPPORT)

to support emotionally: She was sustained by the strength of her religious faith. The love of my family and friends sustained me through my ordeal.
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