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sustenance

sus·te·nance

sustenance

 
pronunciation:
suh st nns
part of speech: noun
definition 1: nourishment that maintains life; food.
The soil was no longer fertile enough to provide sustenance.
synonyms:
aliment, food, nourishment, nurture
similar words:
diet, feed, foodstuff, nutrition, subsistence, viand, victual
definition 2: the act of sustaining or state of being sustained.
similar words:
keep, maintenance, nourishment, subsistence, support