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, holdverb

    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 upverb

    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, maintainverb

    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, maintainverb

    state categorically

  5. wield, exert, maintainverb

    have and exercise

    "wield power and authority"

  6. keep, maintainverb

    maintain for use and service

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

  7. keep, maintainverb

    maintain by writing regular records

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

  8. maintain, defendverb

    state or assert

    "He maintained his innocence"

  9. uphold, maintainverb

    support against an opponent

    "The appellate court upheld the verdict"

  10. observe, keep, maintainverb

    stick to correctly or closely

    "The pianist kept time with the metronome"; "keep count"; "I cannot keep track of all my employees"

Wiktionary

  1. maintainverb

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

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

  2. maintainverb

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

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

  3. maintainverb

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

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Maintainverb

    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. Maintainverb

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

  3. Maintainverb

    to continue; not to suffer to cease or fail

  4. Maintainverb

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

  5. Maintainverb

    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

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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. Roosh Valizadeh:

    Men with good social circles aren't conscious of the effort they put in to maintain them (although they may be conscious of the value they give).

  2. Nathan M. Pusey:

    It is more difficult to maintain a realistic sense of human limitation. To refuse to become frustrated and angry, to analyze, to assess, to seek to understand and explain. To determine to be adult and fair. And, thus, to work patiently to improve while refusing to succumb to either cynicism and hopelessness. It is the long way around, but it is the civilized way, and the only way for those who have truly to understand the role of humane learning.

  3. John Batten:

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

  4. Chyen Yee Lee:

    We will redouble these efforts - but we must do this in a way that maintains the unique strengths of our system, these strengths include the ability to maintain a national consensus, to keep politics clean, to contain populist pressures while being responsive to popular needs.

  5. Balbir Singh Sodhi:

    Who's American? We're all immigrant[s]. This is the land of immigrant[s], the beauty of this country, we [are] all welcome with all different faiths, color, creed and gender. ... This is our responsibility to maintain, to make sure that this beauty, we keep it for all generation(s).

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    • A. transparent
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