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Sustain, 1) to support, to uphold: “the prop that doth s. my house,” Merch. IV, 1, 376. “your need to s.” Tw. IV, 2, 135. “and the gored state s.” Lr. V, 3, 320. “s. me, O!” Ant. III, 11, 45.
2) to afford the means of subsistence, to maintain, to keep; absol.: “the idle weeds that grow in our --ing corn,” Lr. IV, 4, 6 (nourishing). Trans.: “an hundred knights, by you to be --ed,” Lr. I, 1, 136. “if she s. him and his hundred knights,” I, 4, 355. “nor any way s. him,” III, 3, 6.
3) to endure, to bear up against sth.; absol.: “on their --ing garments not a blemish,” Tp. I, 2, 218 (according to others, the garments that bore them up in the sea). Trans.: “spending his manly marrow in her arms, which would s. the bound and high curvet of Mars's fiery steed,” All's II, 3, 299. “the sides of nature will not s. it,” Ant. I, 3, 17.
4) to maintain; refl. == to maintain one's place(?): a better (weapon) “never did itself s. upon a soldier's thigh,” Oth. V, 2, 260 (== maintained its place on account of its excellent quality?).
5) to suffer, to undergo: “the profit of excess is but to surfeit, and such griefs s., that they prove bankrupt in this poor-rich gain,” Lucr. 139. “if thou dost weep for grief of my --ing,” Lucr. 139 “short time seems long in sorrow's sharp --ing,” Lucr. 139 “let me s. no scorn,” Tw. I, 5, 186. “pricked on by public wrongs --ed in France,” H6A III, 2, 78. “to do them good, I would s. some harm,” H6C III, 2, 39. “you shall s. moe new disgraces,” H8 III, 2, 5. “with other incident throes that nature's fragile vessel doth s. in life's uncertain voyage,” Tim. V, 1, 204. “what loss your honour may s.” Hml. I, 3, 29. I doubt not you s. what you're worthy of (viz a repulse) Cymb. I, 4, 125.
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