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sustain (one) in (something)

1. To buoy, bolster, and help maintain one's spirits or vitalities in difficult or trying situations or periods of time. Your spouse must be someone who lifts you even higher during the best of times and who can sustain you in the worst of times. My sister has always sustained me in situations where it felt like I was completely alone.
2. To provide the necessities, especially nourishment or finances, in difficult or trying situations or periods of time. We have always been able to rely on this brand to sustain us in periods when our other products' sales have been slow. Our mother had to work three different jobs to sustain us in the years after our father left.
3. To provide financial support or stability to one during the course of some task, activity, or endeavor. The board of directors has made it clear that they will sustain us in our new project. Our charity depends on your donations to sustain us in our goal of providing high-quality medical treatments to people in disadvantaged areas.
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sustain someone in something

to stand by or support someone through some problem. She knew she could count on her friends to sustain her in times of trouble. We will sustain you in the difficult times the best we can.
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Information about Sustain Dane can be found at their website http://sustaindane.
I hope the Cynnal Cymru - Sustain Wales Awards will be a great success.
Carl Sargeant AM, Minister for Natural Resources, will bring the Welsh Government perspective and Barbara Chidgey will be talking about the new Sustain Wales Awards scheme.
4 : to hold up the weight of <The roof couldn't sustain the weight of the snow.
Our stochastic model showed that high exposure to the pathogen from the reservoir host can give the appearance of endemic infection in the target host, even if it cannot sustain the pathogen alone.
A commercial forest that is maintained in a healthy, functional, and undepleted state provides a stable yield of timber and simultaneously helps to sustain local timber-dependent communities.
Central to the corporate theory on the value of investment in research and development is the organizational need to sustain a competitive edge in a rapidly changing marketplace environment.
More than 700,000 Americans sustain brain injuries each year (Burke, Michael, & Wesolowski, 1988).
Though it seems natural that academic communities would move some of their work to the virtual realm of online communities, not much is known about community attributes that can actually sustain the productivity of one type of online community in higher education: a faculty community of practice to improve effectiveness of teaching and learning.
Because democracy (or a democratic constitution) per se does not guarantee civil stability, eliminate political conflict, or guarantee economic growth and human development when it develops within a shorter time frame and in historical and economic contexts different from those of already consolidated democracies, he emphasizes the need to extend the focus beyond constitutional issues and to simultaneously develop those social structures required to sustain social stability and cohesion--education, health, employment, and social justice.
Each year an estimated 422,000 (or 200 per 100,000) Americans sustain closed head injuries which require hospitalization (Kalsbeek, McLaurin, Harris & Miller, 1980).