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.

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

    Submitted by MaryC on April 5, 2020  
  2. 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  
  3. maintain

    To keep at 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  

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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. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas:

    The continuation of the occupation and violations to Muslim and Christian sites in East Jerusalem may open the gates to a religious conflict, we must maintain the historical condition and not the status quo imposed by Israel.

  2. Defense Secretary Ash Carter:

    The first pillar of our future force must be ensuring that we maintain, and extend, our technological edge over any potential adversary.

  3. Zhaopeng Xing:

    But we expect September will see a jump in fixed-asset investment because many gift projects for 70th anniversary will be confirmed to be in the statistics at the quarter end. So we maintain our forecast of Q3 GDP 6.1%.

  4. Ta Lou:

    I'm happy that my winter went well but I feel more confident over 100 meters - the 200 meters is becoming too long for me, i'm surprised to still be running well after changing my technique recently but now I need to maintain it. I still need to work on my start and finish.

  5. Venki Ramakrishnan:

    People do not want to gamble with their careers when they have no sense of whether the UK will be willing and able to maintain its global scientific leadership.

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