sustain


sustain
sustain sus‧tain [səˈsteɪn] verb [transitive]
1. if a company sustains losses or other difficulties, it has them:

• Like other insurance companies, we have sustained heavy losses.

• The record industry sustained a sales slump in the first half.

2. to manage to make something continue to exist over a long period of time:

• The Dow Jones broke above the 2935 level in the early afternoon but was unable to sustain the gains.

• Officials predict the electronics industry will be able to sustain growth.

• We're seeing a healthy fall in inflation, but the question is whether it can be sustained.

— sustained adjective :

• a period of sustained economic growth

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sustain UK US /səˈsteɪn/ verb [T]
to make or allow something to continue for a period of time: »

The board accepted that the growth rates could not be sustained indefinitely.

to experience loss, injury, or damage: »

As a result of the oil spill, BP sustained heavy losses.

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The port sustained severe damage in the storm.

to provide support for an idea, statement, legal argument, etc.: »

The data meant the government could not sustain its argument that lower duty on fuel would lead to lower spending on schools and hospitals.

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Only in one case could the auditors find evidence to sustain a claim of criminal behaviour.


Financial and business terms. 2012.

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  • sustain — late 13c., from O.Fr. sustenir hold up, endure, from L. sustinere hold up, support, endure, from sub up from below + tenere to hold (see TENET (Cf. tenet)) …   Etymology dictionary

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