What does maintenance mean?

Definitions for maintenance
ˈmeɪn tə nənsmain·te·nance

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. care, maintenance, upkeep(noun)

    activity involved in maintaining something in good working order

    "he wrote the manual on car care"

  2. maintenance(noun)

    means of maintenance of a family or group

  3. alimony, maintenance(noun)

    court-ordered support paid by one spouse to another after they are separated

  4. sustenance, sustentation, sustainment, maintenance, upkeep(noun)

    the act of sustaining life by food or providing a means of subsistence

    "they were in want of sustenance"; "fishing was their main sustainment"

  5. maintenance, criminal maintenance(noun)

    the unauthorized interference in a legal action by a person having no interest in it (as by helping one party with money or otherwise to continue the action) so as to obstruct justice or promote unnecessary litigation or unsettle the peace of the community

    "unlike champerty, criminal maintenance does not necessarily involve personal profit"


  1. Maintenance(n.)

    Those actions required for the care of machinery, a building, etc., to keep it clean and in proper functioning condition, and to prevent or forestall damage due to normal use.

    Etymology: [OF. maintenance. See Maintain.]

  2. Maintenance(n.)

    Payments, such as child support or alimony, to a dependent child not living with one or to a divorced wife.

    Etymology: [OF. maintenance. See Maintain.]


  1. maintenance(Noun)

    Actions performed to keep some machine or system functioning or in service

    Etymology: From mayntenaunce, from maintenance, from maintenir, from .

  2. maintenance(Noun)

    A tort committed when a third party who does not have a bona fide interest in a lawsuit provides help or acquires an interest to a litigant's lawsuit.

    Etymology: From mayntenaunce, from maintenance, from maintenir, from .

Webster Dictionary

  1. Maintenance(noun)

    the act of maintaining; sustenance; support; defense; vindication

    Etymology: [OF. maintenance. See Maintain.]

  2. Maintenance(noun)

    that which maintains or supports; means of sustenance; supply of necessaries and conveniences

    Etymology: [OF. maintenance. See Maintain.]

  3. Maintenance(noun)

    an officious or unlawful intermeddling in a cause depending between others, by assisting either party with money or means to carry it on. See Champerty

    Etymology: [OF. maintenance. See Maintain.]

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Maintenance

    The upkeep of property or equipment.

Editors Contribution

  1. maintenance

    The regular tasks to keep a house, building, thing, vehicle, property, place, open space or location functioning at an optimum level.

    The monthly maintenance of the production plant grounds was wise due to the nature of the business.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 16, 2020  

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'maintenance' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2601

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'maintenance' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2677

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'maintenance' in Nouns Frequency: #1114

How to pronounce maintenance?

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of maintenance in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of maintenance in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of maintenance in a Sentence

  1. The DPP:

    I know Xi Jinping is working very hard to make a circle before she (Tsai) takes office - to get her to stand inside the circle, that is the trick you have to avoid. There is no such thing as the maintenance of a status quo.

  2. Bruce Landsberg:

    We will be looking very carefully at the maintenance of the aircraft in the several weeks prior.

  3. Banda Aceh:

    We put our systems to the test each day. Our warning system is one of the best in the world, but I must admit we lack maintenance.

  4. Lee Ji-yun:

    Jeju Air is expected to secure large amount of funds through listing, and will upgrade their operations including maintenance infrastructure, additional personnel and aircraft purchase.

  5. Gil Kerlikowske:

    It is a huge expense, this is the long term ongoing cost of maintenance that this administration has really failed to mention to the taxpaying public.

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