Keep and Sustain


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Keep verb – Allow to remain in a place or position or maintain a property or feature.
Usage example: Our grant has run out and we cannot keep you on

Sustain is a synonym for keep in hold topic. In some cases you can use "Sustain" instead a verb "Keep", when it comes to topics like tend, provide for, support, preserve.
Nearby Words: keeping, keeper
Synonyms for Keep


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Sustain verb – Supply with necessities and support.
Usage example: She alone sustained her family

Keep is a synonym for sustain in maintain topic. You can use "Keep" instead a verb "Sustain", if it concerns topics such as hold, continue.
Nearby Word: sustaining
Synonyms for Sustain

Common collocations

power keep power sustain power
life keep life sustain life
people keep people sustain people
body keep body sustain body
Other nouns: family, relationship, show, way, world, magic, population, existence, powers.

Both words in one sentence

  • Nuke 'em Like the other Fuji shelters, it was built to sustain over time and the meteor impact, housing a big number of people to keep them safe.
    Source: Nuke 'em
  • Franchise / Wonder Woman Step one involves the worship of humans—however, if there aren't enough worshippers to sustain them, step two is to rely on the magic of The Fates to keep them immortal.
  • Light Novel / Hai To Gensou No Grimgar In addition, earning money is critical and volunteer soldiers like them have to keep killing monsters daily in order sustain themselves.
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