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sustainverb [T]

 us   /səˈsteɪn/
  • sustain verb [T] (MAINTAIN)

to ​keep something in ​operation; ​maintain: It is hard to ​see what will sustain them when they have no ​income.
  • sustain verb [T] (SUFFER)

fml to ​suffer or ​experiencedamage or ​loss: She sustained ​seriousinjuries in the ​accident.
  • sustain verb [T] (SUPPORT)

to ​support someone ​emotionally: Throughout the ​ordeal, he was sustained by the ​belief that he would get ​home.
(Definition of sustain from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)







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sustainverb [T]

uk   /səˈsteɪn/  us   /səˈsteɪn/
  • sustain verb [T] (CONTINUE)

C2 to ​cause or ​allow something to ​continue for a ​period of ​time: The ​economylooks set to sustain ​itsgrowth 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 ​keepalive: The ​soil in this ​part of the ​world is not ​rich enough to sustain a ​largepopulation.

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  • sustain verb [T] (SUPPORT)

to ​supportemotionally: She was sustained by the ​strength of her ​religiousfaith. The ​love of my ​family and ​friends sustained me through my ​ordeal.
(Definition of sustain from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"sustain" in Business English

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sustainverb [T]

uk   us   /səˈsteɪn/
to make or ​allow something to continue for a ​period of ​time: The ​boardaccepted that the ​growthrates could not be sustained indefinitely.
to ​experienceloss, ​injury, or ​damage: As a ​result of the ​oil spill, BP sustained ​heavylosses. The ​port sustained severe ​damage in the storm.
to ​providesupport for an ​idea, ​statement, ​legal argument, etc.: The ​datameant the ​government could not sustain its argument that ​lowerduty on ​fuel would ​lead to ​lowerspending on schools and hospitals. Only in one ​case could the ​auditorsfindevidence to sustain a ​claim of ​criminalbehaviour.
(Definition of sustain from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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