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 for Sustained
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Sustain \Sus*tain"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Sustained; p. pr. &
     vb. n. Sustaining.] [OE. sustenen, susteinen, OF. sustenir,
     sostenir, F. soutenir (the French prefix is properly fr. L.
     subtus below, fr. sub under), L. sustinere; pref. sus- (see
     Sub-) + tenere to hold. See Tenable, and cf.
     Sustenance.]
     1. To keep from falling; to bear; to uphold; to support; as,
        a foundation sustains the superstructure; a beast sustains
        a load; a rope sustains a weight.
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              Every pillar the temple to sustain.   --Chaucer.
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     2. Hence, to keep from sinking, as in despondence, or the
        like; to support.
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              No comfortable expectations of another life to
              sustain him under the evils in this world.
                                                    --Tillotson.
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     3. To maintain; to keep alive; to support; to subsist; to
        nourish; as, provisions to sustain an army.
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     4. To aid, comfort, or relieve; to vindicate. --Shak.
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              His sons, who seek the tyrant to sustain. --Dryden.
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     5. To endure without failing or yielding; to bear up under;
        as, to sustain defeat and disappointment.
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     6. To suffer; to bear; to undergo.
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              Shall Turnus, then, such endless toil sustain?
                                                    --Dryden.
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              You shall sustain more new disgraces. --Shak.
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     7. To allow the prosecution of; to admit as valid; to
        sanction; to continue; not to dismiss or abate; as, the
        court sustained the action or suit.
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     8. To prove; to establish by evidence; to corroborate or
        confirm; to be conclusive of; as, to sustain a charge, an
        accusation, or a proposition.
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     Syn: To support; uphold; subsist; assist; relieve; suffer;
          undergo.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Sustained \Sus*tained"\, a.
     Held up to a certain pitch, degree, or level; uniform; as,
     sustained pasion; a sustained style of writing; a sustained
     note in music.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  sustained
      adj 1: maintained at length without interruption or weakening;
             "sustained flight"
      2: (of an electric arc) continuous; "heat transfer to the anode
         in free burning arcs" [syn: free burning, sustained]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  86 Moby Thesaurus words for "sustained":
     abiding, based on, bolstered, borne, braced, buttressed, ceaseless,
     changeless, chattering, constant, continual, continued, continuing,
     continuous, durable, enduring, even, firm, fixed, founded on,
     frozen, grounded on, guyed, held, immobile, immutable, incessant,
     indefatigable, intact, interminable, inviolate, lasting, level,
     machine gun, maintained, oscillating, perennial, permanent,
     perpetual, persistent, prolonged, propped, pulsating, quiescent,
     rapid, regular, remaining, repeated, rigid, shored up, solid,
     stable, staccato, static, stationary, stayed, staying, steadfast,
     steady, sticking, stuttering, supported, torpid, unaltered,
     unbroken, unceasing, unchangeable, unchanged, unchanging,
     unchecked, undestroyed, undying, unfading, unfailing, uniform,
     unintermitted, unintermittent, unintermitting, uninterrupted,
     unremitting, unshifting, unstopped, unvaried, unvarying, upheld,
     vibrating
  
  

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