Definitions for maintainmeɪnˈteɪn
This page provides all possible meanings and translations of the word maintain
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
to keep in existence or continuance; preserve.
to keep in due condition, operation, or force.
to keep in a specified state, position, etc.
to affirm; assert; declare.
to support in speech or argument.
to keep or hold against attack.
to provide for the upkeep or support of.
Origin of maintain:
1200–50; 蠐 VL *manūtenēre lit., to hold in the hand
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"
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
to make continue in the same way as before
difficult to maintain his enthusiasm for the job; to maintain a healthy weight
to keep a place or machine repaired and working correctly
It costs a lot to maintain these public buildings.
to continue to claim that sth is true
He maintains that he never saw the victim on the night of the murder.
to continue to say you are innocent of a crime
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
British National Corpus
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
Translations for maintain
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
How long can you maintain this silence?
- يُحافِظ على، يَستَمِر فيArabic
- manterPortuguese (BR)
- pokračovat (v)Czech
- opretholde; bevareDanish
- συνεχίζω, τηρώGreek
- ادامه دادنFarsi
- לִשמוֹר עַל-Hebrew
- बनाए रखनाHindi
- halda (áfram/gangandi)Icelandic
- paturēt; saglabātLatvian
- fortsette med, holde gåendeNorwegian
- ادامه دادنPersian
- ادامه وركولPashto
- a (men)ţineRomanian
- pokračovať (v)Slovak
- bibehålla, upprätthållaSwedish
- 保持Chinese (Trad.)
- جاری رکھناUrdu
- tiếp tụcVietnamese
- 保持Chinese (Simp.)
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