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Phil Bredesen

Meaning of "sustain" in the English dictionary

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ETYMOLOGY OF THE WORD SUSTAIN

Via Old French from Latin sustinēre to hold up, from sub- + tenēre to hold.
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Etymology is the study of the origin of words and their changes in structure and significance.
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PRONUNCIATION OF SUSTAIN

sustain  [səˈsteɪn] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF SUSTAIN

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Sustain is a verb and can also act as a noun.
A noun is a type of word the meaning of which determines reality. Nouns provide the names for all things: people, objects, sensations, feelings, etc.

The verb is the part of the sentence that is conjugated and expresses action and state of being.

See the conjugation of the verb sustain in English.

WHAT DOES SUSTAIN MEAN IN ENGLISH?

Sustain

In music, sustain is a parameter of musical sound over time. As its name implies, it denotes the period of time during which the sound remains before it becomes inaudible, or silent. Additionally, sustain is the third of the four segments in an ADSR envelope. The sustain portion of the ADSR envelope begins when the attack and decay portions have run their course, and continues until the key is released. The sustain control is used to determine the level at which the envelope will remain. While the attack, decay, and release controls are rate or time controls, the sustain control is a level control.

Definition of sustain in the English dictionary

The first definition of sustain in the dictionary is to hold up under; withstand. Other definition of sustain is to undergo ; suffer. Sustain is also to maintain or prolong.

CONJUGATION OF THE VERB TO SUSTAIN

PRESENT

Present
I sustain
you sustain
he/she/it sustains
we sustain
you sustain
they sustain
Present continuous
I am sustaining
you are sustaining
he/she/it is sustaining
we are sustaining
you are sustaining
they are sustaining
Present perfect
I have sustained
you have sustained
he/she/it has sustained
we have sustained
you have sustained
they have sustained
Present perfect continuous
I have been sustaining
you have been sustaining
he/she/it has been sustaining
we have been sustaining
you have been sustaining
they have been sustaining
Present tense is used to refer to circumstances that exist at the present time or over a period that includes the present time. The present perfect refers to past events, although it can be considered to denote primarily the resulting present situation rather than the events themselves.

PAST

Past
I sustained
you sustained
he/she/it sustained
we sustained
you sustained
they sustained
Past continuous
I was sustaining
you were sustaining
he/she/it was sustaining
we were sustaining
you were sustaining
they were sustaining
Past perfect
I had sustained
you had sustained
he/she/it had sustained
we had sustained
you had sustained
they had sustained
Past perfect continuous
I had been sustaining
you had been sustaining
he/she/it had been sustaining
we had been sustaining
you had been sustaining
they had been sustaining
Past tense forms express circumstances existing at some time in the past,

FUTURE

Future
I will sustain
you will sustain
he/she/it will sustain
we will sustain
you will sustain
they will sustain
Future continuous
I will be sustaining
you will be sustaining
he/she/it will be sustaining
we will be sustaining
you will be sustaining
they will be sustaining
Future perfect
I will have sustained
you will have sustained
he/she/it will have sustained
we will have sustained
you will have sustained
they will have sustained
Future perfect continuous
I will have been sustaining
you will have been sustaining
he/she/it will have been sustaining
we will have been sustaining
you will have been sustaining
they will have been sustaining
The future is used to express circumstances that will occur at a later time.

CONDITIONAL

Conditional
I would sustain
you would sustain
he/she/it would sustain
we would sustain
you would sustain
they would sustain
Conditional continuous
I would be sustaining
you would be sustaining
he/she/it would be sustaining
we would be sustaining
you would be sustaining
they would be sustaining
Conditional perfect
I would have sustain
you would have sustain
he/she/it would have sustain
we would have sustain
you would have sustain
they would have sustain
Conditional perfect continuous
I would have been sustaining
you would have been sustaining
he/she/it would have been sustaining
we would have been sustaining
you would have been sustaining
they would have been sustaining
Conditional or "future-in-the-past" tense refers to hypothetical or possible actions.

IMPERATIVE

Imperative
you sustain
we let´s sustain
you sustain
The imperative is used to form commands or requests.
NONFINITE VERB FORMS
Infinitive
to sustain
Past participle
sustained
Present Participle
sustaining
Infinitive shows the action beyond temporal perspective. The present participle or gerund shows the action during the session. The past participle shows the action after completion.

WORDS THAT RHYME WITH SUSTAIN


abstain
əbˈsteɪn
Aquitaine
ˌækwɪˈteɪn
bestain
bɪˈsteɪn
bloodstain
ˈblʌdˌsteɪn
contain
kənˈteɪn
counterstain
ˈkaʊntəˌsteɪn
destain
diːˈsteɪn
elastane
ɪˈlæsteɪn
entertain
ˌɛntəˈteɪn
inkstain
ˈɪŋkˌsteɪn
maintain
meɪnˈteɪn
obtain
əbˈteɪn
overstain
ˌəʊvəˈsteɪn
pristane
ˈprɪsteɪn
retain
rɪˈteɪn
sextain
ˈsɛksteɪn
stain
steɪn
stane
steɪn
Steen
steɪn
tearstain
ˈtɪərˌsteɪn

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE SUSTAIN

sustainability
sustainable
sustainable development
sustainably
sustained
sustained-release
sustainedly
sustainer
sustaining
sustaining pedal
sustaining program
sustainingly
sustainment
sustenance
sustentacula
sustentacular
sustentaculum
sustentate
sustentation

WORDS THAT END LIKE SUSTAIN

ascertain
blue stain
Britain
captain
certain
curtain
distain
for certain
fountain
Great Britain
ink stain
mountain
pertain
port wine stain
snow-on-the-mountain
tain
the Black Mountain
the curtain
the Mountain
uncertain

Synonyms and antonyms of sustain in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

SYNONYMS OF «SUSTAIN»

The following words have a similar or identical meaning as «sustain» and belong to the same grammatical category.
synonyms of sustain

Translation of «sustain» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF SUSTAIN

Find out the translation of sustain to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of sustain from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «sustain» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

保持
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

mantener
570 millions of speakers

English

sustain
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

को बनाए रखने के
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

المحافظة
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

поддерживать
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

sustentar
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

বজায় রাখা
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

conserver
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Mengekalkan
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

aufrechterhalten
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

持続する
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

지속하다
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Nylametake
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

duy trì
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

தக்க
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

टिकून राहा
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

sürdürmek
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

mantenere
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

podtrzymania
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

підтримувати
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

susține
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

διατηρήσουν
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

handhaaf
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

sustain
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

opprettholde
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of sustain

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «SUSTAIN»

The term «sustain» is very widely used and occupies the 13.115 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «SUSTAIN» OVER TIME

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Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about sustain

EXAMPLES

10 QUOTES WITH «SUSTAIN»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word sustain.
1
Jill Abramson
As a big user of public libraries, I deplore the cutbacks they have had to sustain.
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Pamela Adlon
One of the things I learned in animation is that you never, ever want to start doing a voice that you can't sustain for four straight hours.
3
Chris Van Allsburg
The Polar Express is about faith, and the power of imagination to sustain faith. It's also about the desire to reside in a world where magic can happen, the kind of world we all believed in as children, but one that disappears as we grow older.
4
Amy J. Berg
As the people of Shishmaref lose their natural hunting grounds to the warming sea, they are forced to buy U.S. canned goods from the only local store on the island; however, this is not their natural diet and cannot sustain them throughout the year.
5
Harsha Bhogle
For its health, cricket needs to look outward to the sharpest minds, to people who sustain and nurture brands and often take hard but necessary decisions. Cricket cannot be bound by cricketing minds alone.
6
Bruce Braley
A populist is someone who fights for common sense economic policies that sustain and expand the middle class.
7
Phil Bredesen
The future of our nation depends on our ability to produce food and fiber to sustain the world.
8
Steve Brown
Just tasking a team to be creative won't get you to be innovative. It's having a corporate climate that gives people the space to experiment and take risks. Only then can you truly sustain it.
9
Ginny Brown-Waite
The newer homes did not sustain as much damage because they were built to better safety codes; they were better designed, higher wind loads for the roof. All of those facets made those homes sustain the storm a whole lot better.
10
Martin Van Buren
Mutual forbearance and reciprocal concessions: thro' their agency the Union was established - the patriotic spirit from which they emanated will forever sustain it.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «SUSTAIN»

Discover the use of sustain in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to sustain and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
1
Data Governance: How to Design, Deploy and Sustain an ...
This book is for any manager or team leader that has the green light to implement a data governance program.
John Ladley, 2012
2
Energize Your Workplace: How to Create and Sustain ...
Grounded in solid research, this book uses energy as a measurement to describe the power of positive and negative connections in people's experience at work.
Jane E. Dutton, 2003
3
Renewable Energy Cannot Sustain a Consumer Society
This book details the reasons why this almost unquestioned assumption is seriously mistaken.
F. E. Trainer, 2007
4
Bringing Nature Home: How You Can Sustain Wildlife with ...
Bringing Nature Home has sparked a national conversation about the link between healthy local ecosystems and human well-being, and the new paperback edition — with an expanded resource section and updated photos — will help broaden the ...
Douglas W. Tallamy, 2009
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How School Principals Sustain Success over Time: ...
This pioneering account of a longitudinal study of successful school principals in five nations over five years will be required reading for educationalists.
Lejf Moos, Olof Johansson, Christopher Day, 2011
6
Innovation Leaders: How Senior Executives Stimulate, Steer ...
This book will help you improve the innovation performance of your organization by: identifying and recognizing your company's innovation leaders, both through their behaviour and priorities encouraging spontaneous innovation initiatives, ...
Jean-Philippe Deschamps, 2009
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Living Into Community: Cultivating Practices That Sustain Us
In Living into Community Christine Pohl explores four specific Christian practices -- gratitude, promise-keeping, truth-telling, and hospitality -- that can counteract those destructive forces and help churches and individuals build and ...
Christine D. Pohl, 2012
8
Grow Your Handmade Business: How to Envision, Develop, and ...
Addresses all aspects of turning a creative interest into a profitable business, covering business planning, licensing, budgeting, time management, and legal issues.
Kari Chapin, 2012
9
No Man Left Behind: How to Build and Sustain a Thriving ...
We have the privilege of waking up every day focused on how to disciple men in the church-your church. We will be honored if God uses this book to make your efforts more effective and your path a little easier. -From No Man Left Behind
Brett Clemmer, David Delk, Patrick Morley, 2008
10
Creating a Lean Culture: Tools to Sustain Lean Conversions, ...
If you are a leader at any level in an organization undergoing or considering a lean transformation, this is where you should start and finish ... and start again.
David Mann, 2012

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «SUSTAIN»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term sustain is used in the context of the following news items.
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Warning signal: Existing infrastructure may not sustain gas imports
In a statement, he said the existing old-fashioned infrastructure would not be able to sustain the pressure of imported gas and it must be improved immediately, ... «The Express Tribune, Jul 15»
2
Yinson Holdings banks on orderbook to sustain
JOHOR BAHRU: Yinson Holdings Bhd, an integrated offshore production and support services provider, is banking on its US$5.88 billion order book to sustain ... «The Star Online, Jul 15»
3
GameStop Hits 52 Week High: Will it Sustain the Momentum?
Further, the segment is expected to sustain its growth momentum as the company is keen on rapidly expanding its footprint by opening 450 to 550 stores in fiscal ... «Zacks.com, Jul 15»
4
Fire District 8 seeking voter support to sustain operations
Fire districts from all over Spokane have lent a hand to other agencies this busy fire season, but now one of those districts is turning to the people they serve for ... «KXLY Spokane, Jul 15»
5
COPD Patients Sustain Burn Injuries Using Home Oxygen Therapy
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patients with newer home oxygen prescriptions (within the previous 90 days) are more likely to sustain burn ... «MD Magazine, Jun 15»
6
Sustain amnesty programme beyond 2015, ex militant pleads
Buhari Mr Ramsey Oyakemeagbegha, an ex-militant leader, has pleaded with the Federal Government to sustain the Amnesty Programme beyond 2015. «The Guardian Nigeria, Jun 15»
7
Be cautious, 8000 on Nifty may not sustain; like L&T: Pros
Ambareesh Baliga says it is unlikely that 8000 on the Nifty may hold. According to him the uptick seen in the market today could be a dead cat bounce. «Moneycontrol.com, Jun 15»
8
Can Econpile sustain its momentum?
The company has reasons to celebrate its successes since its listing as it is one of the few public offerings that has sustained an uptrend in its price despite the ... «The Star Online, Jun 15»
9
Regent University announces new programs to sustain growth
(AP) - Regent University is adding nearly 40 degree and other programs in what it calls a new strategic initiative to sustain the growth of the faith-based Virginia ... «13newsnow.com, May 15»
10
Sustain Charlotte gets cycling grant
Sustain Charlotte has been awarded $204,000 by the Knight Charlotte Cycling Fund for a two-year initiative to build collaboration among local cycling groups. «Charlotte Observer, May 15»

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« EDUCALINGO. Sustain [online]. Available <https://educalingo.com/en/dic-en/sustain>. Jul 2020 ».
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