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A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
1. (food)
a. sustenance
Sobrevivimos las últimas semanas de la guerra con el pan como único sustento.We survived the last weeks of the war with bread as our only sustenance.
2. (economic prop)
a. means of support
Lo poco que ganaba vendiendo escobas era el único sustento de su familia.The little money he made selling brooms was his family's only means of support.
3. (moral prop)
a. support
Tú, hija, serás mi sustento en la vejez.Daughter, you'll be my support in old age.
4. (physical prop)
a. support
Los pilares adornan y dan sustento al edificio.The pillars both adorn and give support to the building.
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1 (apoyo) support
2 (para vivir) (alimento) sustenance; (manutención) maintenance
ganarse el sustento to earn one's living; earn a livelihood; es el sustento principal de la institución it is the lifeblood of the institution
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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