keep, maintain, hold(verb)
keep in a certain state, position, or activity; e.g., "keep clean"
"hold in place"; "She always held herself as a lady"; "The students keep me on my toes"
conserve, preserve, maintain, keep up(verb)
keep in safety and protect from harm, decay, loss, or destruction
"We preserve these archeological findings"; "The old lady could not keep up the building"; "children must be taught to conserve our national heritage"; "The museum curator conserved the ancient manuscripts"
sustain, keep, maintain(verb)
supply with necessities and support
"She alone sustained her family"; "The money will sustain our good cause"; "There's little to earn and many to keep"
assert, asseverate, maintain(verb)
wield, exert, maintain(verb)
have and exercise
"wield power and authority"
maintain for use and service
"I keep a car in the countryside"; "She keeps an apartment in Paris for her shopping trips"
maintain by writing regular records
"keep a diary"; "maintain a record"; "keep notes"
state or assert
"He maintained his innocence"
support against an opponent
"The appellate court upheld the verdict"
observe, keep, maintain(verb)
stick to correctly or closely
"The pianist kept time with the metronome"; "keep count"; "I cannot keep track of all my employees"
To support (someone), to back up or assist (someone) in an action.
To keep up; to preserve; to uphold (a state, condition etc.).
To declare or affirm (a clause) to be true; to assert.
Origin: From maintenir, maintenir, from manutenere, from manu + tenere.
to hold or keep in any particular state or condition; to support; to sustain; to uphold; to keep up; not to suffer to fail or decline; as, to maintain a certain degree of heat in a furnace; to maintain a fence or a railroad; to maintain the digestive process or powers of the stomach; to maintain the fertility of soil; to maintain present reputation
to keep possession of; to hold and defend; not to surrender or relinquish
to continue; not to suffer to cease or fail
to bear the expense of; to support; to keep up; to supply with what is needed
to affirm; to support or defend by argument
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Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'maintain' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1897
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'maintain' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2774
Rank popularity for the word 'maintain' in Verbs Frequency: #181
The numerical value of maintain in Chaldean Numerology is: 4
The numerical value of maintain in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
If we do not maintain Justice, Justice will not maintain us.
He who tells a lie is not sensible of how great a task he undertakes for he must be forced to invent twenty more to maintain that one.
We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love. There is some good in the worst of us and some evil in the best of us.
It is terrifying to see how easily, in certain people, all dignity collapses. Yet when you think about it, this is quite normal since they only maintain this dignity by constantly striving against their own nature.
We continue to go after high-value targets inside of Yemen and we will continue to maintain the pressure which we require to keep the American people safe, what we have shown is that we can maintain the kind of pressure on these terrorist networks even in these kind of difficult environments.
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Translations for maintain
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- حافظ, الحفاظ علىArabic
- mantenirCatalan, Valencian
- warten, unterhaltenGerman
- ισχυρίζομαι, διατηρώGreek
- väittää, ylläpitääFinnish
- entretenir, maintenirFrench
- tart, karbantart, fenntartHungarian
- 保つ, 維持Japanese
- bevare, opprettholde, vedlikeholdeNorwegian
- afirmar, manutenir, manterPortuguese
- поддержать, поддерживатьRussian
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