What does maintain mean?

Definitions for maintain
meɪnˈteɪnmain·tain

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word maintain.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. 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"

  2. 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"

  3. 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"

  4. assert, asseverate, maintain(verb)

    state categorically

  5. wield, exert, maintain(verb)

    have and exercise

    "wield power and authority"

  6. keep, maintain(verb)

    maintain for use and service

    "I keep a car in the countryside"; "She keeps an apartment in Paris for her shopping trips"

  7. keep, maintain(verb)

    maintain by writing regular records

    "keep a diary"; "maintain a record"; "keep notes"

  8. maintain, defend(verb)

    state or assert

    "He maintained his innocence"

  9. uphold, maintain(verb)

    support against an opponent

    "The appellate court upheld the verdict"

  10. 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"

Wiktionary

  1. maintain(Verb)

    To support (someone), to back up or assist (someone) in an action.

    Etymology: From maintenir, maintenir, from manutenere, from manu + tenere.

  2. maintain(Verb)

    To keep up; to preserve; to uphold (a state, condition etc.).

    Etymology: From maintenir, maintenir, from manutenere, from manu + tenere.

  3. maintain(Verb)

    To declare or affirm (a clause) to be true; to assert.

    Etymology: From maintenir, maintenir, from manutenere, from manu + tenere.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Maintain(verb)

    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

  2. Maintain(verb)

    to keep possession of; to hold and defend; not to surrender or relinquish

  3. Maintain(verb)

    to continue; not to suffer to cease or fail

  4. Maintain(verb)

    to bear the expense of; to support; to keep up; to supply with what is needed

  5. Maintain(verb)

    to affirm; to support or defend by argument

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. maintain

    When any body of men defend a place or post against the attacks of an adverse party, they are said to maintain it.

Editors Contribution

  1. maintain

    To ensure an optimum level.

    They manage to maintain their love by always cuddling, speaking, touching, exercising and connecting with their families.

    Submitted by MaryC on April 27, 2020  
  2. maintain

    To ensure.

    They did maintain peace easily in their country as everyone chooses it.

    Submitted by MaryC on April 5, 2020  
  3. maintain

    To keep a house, property, form of housing, vehicle, thing, item, business, company, enterprise, organization or form of unity government clean, neat, tidy and functioning at an optimum level.

    We all have to maintain what we have and ensure it continues to function at an optimum level.

    Submitted by MaryC on December 26, 2019  

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'maintain' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1897

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'maintain' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2774

  3. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'maintain' in Verbs Frequency: #181

How to pronounce maintain?

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How to say maintain in sign language?

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of maintain in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of maintain in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of maintain in a Sentence

  1. Vice Health Minister Kim Gang-lip:

    We cannot maintain social distancing for ever, but it is the most effective measure to help protect others and yourself.

  2. Michael Crichton, Caltech Michelin Lecture, January 17, 2003:

    The belief that there are other life forms in the universe is a matter of faith. There is not a single shred of evidence for any other life forms, and in forty years of searching, none has been discovered. There is absolutely no evidentiary reason to maintain this belief.

  3. Team Sky:

    We have taken these allegations very seriously... Handed over the information presented to us to three independent world-class anti-doping experts for their analysis and expert opinion, their view on the basis of what has been presented to us is that there is no proof of doping and Servais continues to maintain his innocence.

  4. Richard Nixon:

    We must maintain the integrity of the White House, and that integrity must be real, not transparent. There can be no whitewash at the White House.

  5. Zhao Xijun:

    China is keen to play a bigger role within G20 and it needs to maintain relatively fast economic growth.

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