I (carry on) verb adfirmare, confirmare, contendere, continue, follow up, go on, keep alive, keep going, keep on, keep up, perpetuate, persevere, persist, proceed with, prolong, pursue, shore up, stick to II (commence) verb activate, begin, embark upon, initiate, institute, introduce, launch, originate, set in motion, set in operation, start, undertake associated concepts: maintain an action III (sustain) verb abet, adhere, advocate, aid, assist, attend, be firm, be firmly fixed, bear up against, bolster, buttress, care for, champion, come to the defense of, conserve, countenance, cover, defend, espouse the cause of, feed, finance, guard, hold up, justify, look after, make provision, make safe, nourish, nurse, nurture, oversee, preserve, protect, provide for, rally to, safeguard, save, screen, secure, see to, service, shelter, shield, shoulder, side with, stand by, stand firm, stand one's ground, stick to, subscribe to, subsidize, substantiate, supply, support, take care of, take charge of, uphold, vindicate, watch over, weather IV index adhere (persist), allege, argue, assert, authorize, avouch (avow), avow, bear (adduce), bear (support), bestow, cite (state), conserve, continue (persevere), continue (prolong), control (regulate), corroborate, declare, defend, endure (last), fund, harbor, justify, keep (continue), keep (shelter), nurture, own, perpetuate, persevere, persist, plead (allege in a legal action), posit, possess, preserve, profess (avow), prolong, promote (organize), propound, prosecute (carry forward), protect, provide (supply), pursue (carry on), remain (continue), remain (occupy), reserve, resist (withstand), retain (employ), retain (keep in possession), store, subsidize, subsist, supply, support (assist), sustain (prolong), uphold

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

To support; to continue; to keep something in a condition to continue and to prevent decline or decay; to continue to prosecute a lawsuit once beginning it.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.

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