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Meaning & Definition of Maintain in English

English

Maintain

/menten/

verb

1. 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"
    synonym:
  • keep
  • ,
  • maintain
  • ,
  • hold

2. 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"
    synonym:
  • conserve
  • ,
  • preserve
  • ,
  • maintain
  • ,
  • keep up

3. 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"
    synonym:
  • sustain
  • ,
  • keep
  • ,
  • maintain

4. State categorically

    synonym:
  • assert
  • ,
  • asseverate
  • ,
  • maintain

5. Have and exercise

  • "Wield power and authority"
    synonym:
  • wield
  • ,
  • exert
  • ,
  • maintain

6. Maintain for use and service

  • "I keep a car in the countryside"
  • "She keeps an apartment in paris for her shopping trips"
    synonym:
  • keep
  • ,
  • maintain

7. Maintain by writing regular records

  • "Keep a diary"
  • "Maintain a record"
  • "Keep notes"
    synonym:
  • keep
  • ,
  • maintain

8. State or assert

  • "He maintained his innocence"
    synonym:
  • maintain
  • ,
  • defend

9. Support against an opponent

  • "The appellate court upheld the verdict"
    synonym:
  • uphold
  • ,
  • maintain

10. Stick to correctly or closely

  • "The pianist kept time with the metronome"
  • "Keep count"
  • "I cannot keep track of all my employees"
    synonym:
  • observe
  • ,
  • keep
  • ,
  • maintain

Examples of using

I maintain that I'm not at fault.
Laser printers are generally less expensive to maintain than ink jet printers
Foundations maintain the structure of the building.