sustain etymology

English word sustain comes from Latin teneo, Latin subteneo, Latin sub- (Sub-.)

Detailed word origin of sustain

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
teneo Latin (lat) (of laws) I am binding on; bind, hold, obligate. (reflexive) I keep back, remain, stay, hold position. I comprise, contain, include, hold. I hold fast, restrain, detain, check, control; bind, fetter. I hold, have; grasp. I insist, uphold. I know, grasp, understand, conceive. I possess, occupy, control. I reach, attain; gain, acquire, obtain. I recollect, retain knowledge of, remember, bear [...]
subteneo Latin (lat)
sub- Latin (lat) Sub-.
sustineo Latin (lat) I hold or keep back or in, stay, check, restrain, control.. I hold up or upright, uphold, keep up, bear up, support, sustain, tolerate.. I keep back, put off, defer, delay.. I undergo, endure, deign, withstand, hold out.. I uphold, sustain, maintain, preserve; guard, protect.
*sustenīre Vulgar Latin (la-vul)
soustenir Old French (fro) To bear (suffering, a burden, punishment, etc.). To keep up; to sustain.
sustain English (eng) (music) A mechanism which can be used to hold a note, as the right pedal on a piano. (transitive) To confirm, prove, or corroborate; to uphold.. (transitive) To encourage (something). (The addition of quotations indicative of this usage is being sought):. (transitive) To experience or suffer (an injury, etc.).. (transitive) To maintain, or keep in existence.. (transitive) To provide for or [...]

Words with the same origin as sustain

Descendants of teneo
contain containment content continent continental continue continuum detain detention entertain entertaining entertainment maintain obtain rain rainbow raincoat rainforest rainy retain tenant tennis tent tenure
Descendants of sub-
assume presumably presume resume resurrection source souvenir subject substance substantial subtle succeed suffer suffering sufficient suggest suggestion summon supply suppose surge suspect suspension suspicion