Definitions for maintainmeɪnˈteɪn
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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
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
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
I still maintain my innocence.
If they smoke, quit; maintain a healthy weight and exercise.
Who's going to be willing to pay? you can't maintain a lawn!
If we do not maintain Justice, Justice will not maintain us.
There are so many goals now, it my be hard to maintain focus.
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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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