Definitions for maintain
This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word maintain.
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"
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"
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"
assert, asseverate, maintainverb
wield, exert, maintainverb
have and exercise
"wield power and authority"
maintain for use and service
"I keep a car in the countryside"; "She keeps an apartment in Paris for her shopping trips"
maintain by writing regular records
"keep a diary"; "maintain a record"; "keep notes"
state or assert
"He maintained his innocence"
support against an opponent
"The appellate court upheld the verdict"
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"
To support (someone), to back up or assist (someone) in an action.
To keep up; to preserve; to uphold (a state, condition etc.).
To declare or affirm (a clause) to be true; to assert.
Etymology: From maintenir, maintenir, from manutenere, from manu + tenere.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
Etymology: maintenir, French.
The ingredients being prescribed in their substance, maintain the blood in a gentle fermentation, reclude oppilations, and mundify it. Gideon Harvey.
This place, these pledges of your love, maintain. Dryd.
God values no man more or less, in placing him high or low, but every one as he maintains his post. Nehemiah Grew, Cosmol.
If any man of quality will maintain upon Edward earl of Glo’ster, that he is a manifold traitor, let him appear. William Shakespeare.
These possessions being unlawfully gotten, could not be maintained by the just and honourable law of England. Davies.
My right, nor think the name of mother vain. Dryden.
Lord Roberts was full of contradiction in his temper, and of parts so much superior to any in the company, that he could too well maintain and justify those contradictions. Edward Hyde.
It is hard to maintain the truth. South.
Maintain talk with the duke, that my charity be not of him perceived. William Shakespeare, King Lear.
Some did the song, and some the choir maintain,
Beneath a laurel shade. Dryden.
I seek not to wax great by others waining;
Sufficeth, that I have maintains my state,
And sends the poor well pleased from my gate. William Shakespeare.
What concerns it you if I wear pearl and gold? I thank my good father I am able to maintain it. William Shakespeare.
It was St. Paul’s choice to maintain himself by his own labour. Richard Hooker.
If a woman maintain her husband, she is full of anger and much reproach. Ecclus. xxv. 22.
It is hard to maintain the truth, but much harder to be maintained by it. Could it ever yet feed, cloath, or defend its assertors? South.
Here ten thousand images remain
Without confusion, and their rank maintain. Richard Blackmore.
To support by argument; to assert as a tenet.
In tragedy and satire I maintain against some of our modern criticks, that this age and the last have excelled the ancients. John Dryden, Juvenal.
The technical meaning of maintenance involves functional checks, servicing, repairing or replacing of necessary devices, equipment, machinery, building infrastructure, and supporting utilities in industrial, business, and residential installations. Over time, this has come to include multiple wordings that describe various cost-effective practices to keep equipment operational; these activities occur either before or after a failure.
To maintain is to keep something in an existing or proper state or condition, to continue or preserve something without interruption or change, or to provide necessary support or care for something or someone. It can also refer to the act of asserting or upholding something as true or valid.
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
to keep possession of; to hold and defend; not to surrender or relinquish
to continue; not to suffer to cease or fail
to bear the expense of; to support; to keep up; to supply with what is needed
to affirm; to support or defend by argument
Military Dictionary and Gazetteer
When any body of men defend a place or post against the attacks of an adverse party, they are said to maintain it.
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
They did maintain peace easily in their country as everyone chooses it.
Submitted by MaryC on April 5, 2020
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
Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'maintain' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1897
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'maintain' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2774
Rank popularity for the word 'maintain' in Verbs Frequency: #181
The numerical value of maintain in Chaldean Numerology is: 4
The numerical value of maintain in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9
I think no matter who is elected president of the United States in November, it's important we maintain the Republican majority in the United States Senate. The Supreme Court vacancy, if nothing else, ought to cause people to reach that conclusion, so whatever people need to do in their individual races on order to maintain that majority, I wholeheartedly support.
We continue to go after high-value targets inside of Yemen and we will continue to maintain the pressure which we require to keep the American people safe, what we have shown is that we can maintain the kind of pressure on these terrorist networks even in these kind of difficult environments.
If we do not maintain Justice, Justice will not maintain us.
He who tells a lie is not sensible of how great a task he undertakes for he must be forced to invent twenty more to maintain that one.
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.
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- الحفاظ على, حافظArabic
- mantenirCatalan, Valencian
- warten, unterhaltenGerman
- ισχυρίζομαι, διατηρώGreek
- ylläpitää, väittääFinnish
- entretenir, maintenirFrench
- tart, fenntart, karbantartHungarian
- 保つ, 維持Japanese
- bevare, opprettholde, vedlikeholdeNorwegian
- manutenir, manter, afirmarPortuguese
- поддерживать, поддержатьRussian
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