What does maintenance mean?

Definitions for maintenance
ˈmeɪn tə nənsmain·te·nance

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word maintenance.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. care, maintenance, upkeepnoun

    activity involved in maintaining something in good working order

    "he wrote the manual on car care"

  2. maintenancenoun

    means of maintenance of a family or group

  3. alimony, maintenancenoun

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

  4. sustenance, sustentation, sustainment, maintenance, upkeepnoun

    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 maintenancenoun

    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. Maintenancenoun

    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.

  2. Maintenancenoun

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


  1. maintenancenoun

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

  2. maintenancenoun

    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.

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Maintenancenoun

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

  2. Maintenancenoun

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

  3. Maintenancenoun

    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

  4. 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

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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. Rob Morris:

    If Iran's airlines are able to replace these older aircraft with newer examples they [can] benefit from reduced operating costs from both a fuel and maintenance perspective. This will drive increased operational efficiencies.

  2. Victor Shum:

    I expect that with refinery maintenance peaking (in the U.S., Europe and Asia) in mid-April, that will push oil prices down.

  3. Gail Sheehy:

    As we reach midlife, we are not prepared for the idea that time can run out on us, or for the startling truth that if we don't hurry to pursue our own definition of a meaningful existence, life can become a repetition of trivial maintenance duties.

  4. Chua Kee Lock:

    Vehicle maintenance costs, insurance costs, these are bread-and-butter issues for ride-hailing drivers.

  5. Liu Kun:

    Find the people for us. We suspect that the airplane wreckage could be faked, parts previously used and exchanged in maintenance could be thrown down there, but the people right now cannot be found.

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