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 Dictionary entry overview: What does sustenance mean? 

  The noun SUSTENANCE has 3 senses:

1. a source of materials to nourish the body
2. the financial means whereby one lives
3. the act of sustaining life by food or providing a means of subsistence

  Familiarity information: SUSTENANCE used as a noun is uncommon.

 Dictionary entry details 


Sense 1sustenance [BACK TO TOP]


A source of materials to nourish the body

Classified under:

Nouns denoting foods and drinks


nutriment; nourishment; alimentation; aliment; sustenance; victuals; nutrition

Hypernyms ("sustenance" is a kind of...):

food; nutrient (any substance that can be metabolized by an organism to give energy and build tissue)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "sustenance"):

milk (produced by mammary glands of female mammals for feeding their young)

vitamin (any of a group of organic substances essential in small quantities to normal metabolism)

vitamin pill (a pill containing one or more vitamins; taken as a dietary supplement)

wheat germ (embryo of the wheat kernel; removed before milling and eaten as a source of vitamins)

stodge (heavy and filling (and usually starchy) food)

puree (food prepared by cooking and straining or processed in a blender)

mince (food chopped into small bits)

mess (soft semiliquid food)

meal; repast (the food served and eaten at one time)

kosher (food that fulfills the requirements of Jewish dietary law)

course (part of a meal served at one time)

dainty; delicacy; goody; kickshaw; treat (something considered choice to eat)

dish (a particular item of prepared food)

fast food (inexpensive food (hamburgers or chicken or milkshakes) prepared and served quickly)

finger food (food to be eaten with the fingers)

ingesta (solid and liquid nourishment taken into the body through the mouth)

Sense 2sustenance [BACK TO TOP]


The financial means whereby one lives

Classified under:

Nouns denoting possession and transfer of possession


bread and butter; keep; livelihood; sustenance; living; support

Context examples:

each child was expected to pay for their keep / he applied to the state for support / he could no longer earn his own livelihood

Hypernyms ("sustenance" is a kind of...):

resource (available source of wealth; a new or reserve supply that can be drawn upon when needed)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "sustenance"):

amenities; comforts; conveniences; creature comforts (things that make you comfortable and at ease)

maintenance (means of maintenance of a family or group)

meal ticket (a source of income or livelihood)

subsistence (minimal (or marginal) resources for subsisting)

Sense 3sustenance [BACK TO TOP]


The act of sustaining life by food or providing a means of subsistence

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions


sustainment; sustentation; upkeep; sustenance; maintenance

Context examples:

they were in want of sustenance / fishing was their main sustainment

Hypernyms ("sustenance" is a kind of...):

support (the activity of providing for or maintaining by supplying with money or necessities)

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