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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    Karen
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    Veena
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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. Washington Tapia:

    SOLAR STORMS MIGHT BE CAUSING GRAY WHALES TO GET LOST The famed Galapagos Conservancyas giant tortoise named Diego fathered 40 percent of all tortoises on Espanola Island in Galapagos Conservancyas. ( San Diego Zoo) The 175-pound Diego is a Chelonoidis hoodensis, a species only found in the wild on the island ofEspanola, according to AFP. He reportedly fathered an estimated 800 offspring as of 2016. He was brought to the U.S. between 1928 and 1933 and placed in a breeding center on the Galapagos Conservancyas island of Santa Cruz, after his species was determined to be critically endangered in the 1960s, according to San Diego Zoo. Based on the results of the last censusconducted at the end of 2019and all the data available since 1960 both of the island and its tortoise population... the conclusion was that the island has sufficient conditions to maintain the tortoise population, which will continue to grow normally even without any new repatriation of juveniles.

  2. David Cameron:

    I think it is right to maintain our independent nuclear deterrent and anyone who has any doubts of it only has to look at the dangers and uncertainty in our world.

  3. Alex Chow:

    How long can we maintain Hong Kong's judicial independence? we've already seen judges make decisions that have been highly contentious. Beijing might be able to put pressure on Hong Kong to charge us (the protest leaders) with more serious offences to shut us up.

  4. Albert Camus:

    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.

  5. John Batten:

    We maintain high visibility in those cities, we want to be perceived as a problem solver and a stakeholder in their success.

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