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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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. Anthony Fauci:

    If in fact, somebody does want to shoot the messenger and say' I don't like what they're saying, I don't want to talk to them anymore,' so be it, at least you maintain your integrity.

  2. Graham Cooke:

    If we can understand better why the procedure works in some patients and not others, we will be closer to our ultimate goal of curing HIV, at the moment the procedure still carries too much risk to be used in patients who are otherwise well, as daily tablet treatment for HIV is able to usually able to maintain patient's long-term health.

  3. Rod Rosenstein:

    Even the best law enforcement officers make mistakes and ... some engage in willful misconduct, we can only hope to maintain public confidence if we correct mistakes, hold wrongdoers accountable and adopt policies to prevent problems from recurring.

  4. Vishnu Varathan:

    Overall, the cross above the 50 waterline is not in doubt, but the ability for manufacturers to continue to accelerate, or to maintain sharp surges in production, is in question given underlying demand, apart from some bright spots, doesn’t seem to have permeated more widely across the different sectors.

  5. Daniel Frankl:

    Paying attention to your effort—your heart rate, your breathing, the sensation in your muscles—helps you maintain a steady effort so you can burn more calories.

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