UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/səˈsteɪnd/US:USA pronuncation: IPAUSA pronuncation: IPA/səˈsteɪnd/

WordReference English Collocations © 2020


Most examples are given in US English. We have labeled exceptions as UK.
  1. sustained [economic, personal, financial] growth
  2. sustained [development, management] of
  3. a sustained improvement in [results, grades, health]
  4. a sustained [increase, climb] in
  5. a sustained period of [sunshine, rain, snow]
  6. sustained periods of [conflict, uncertainty, hardship]
  7. a sustained [attack, onslaught, offensive] on
  8. [came under, repealed, fought off] sustained attacks
  9. made a sustained [effort, bid, commitment] to
  10. [offered, returned] sustained yield
WordReference English Collocations © 2020


Most examples are given in US English. We have labeled exceptions as UK.
  1. sustain a [structure] with [pillars, beams, steel]
  2. the [bridge, beams] [can, must, will] sustain the weight
  3. sustain the weight of the [vehicles, roof]
  4. sustain [the heat, these levels, his weight, a note]
  5. sustain a [motion, conviction, objection]
  6. the [motion] was sustained
  7. sustain a [family, charity, child]
  8. enough (food) to sustain him
  9. they were sustained by [handouts, charity, their family]
  10. sustain [severe, heavy, drastic] losses
  11. sustain (severe) [injuries, losses, blows]
  12. compensated for [all losses, any injury, any damage] sustained
  13. sustain [a conversation, efforts, growth]
  1. has no sustain
  2. the [guitarist, keyboard player] used sustain
  3. held her sustain on the high notes
n as adj
  1. [used, stepped on] the sustain pedal
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