to keep in an appropriate condition, operation, or force; keep unimpaired: to maintain order; to maintain public highways.
to keep in a specified state, position, etc.: to maintain a correct posture; to maintain good health.
to support in speech or argument, as a statement or proposition.
to keep or hold against attack: to maintain one's ground.
to provide for the upkeep or support of; carry the expenses of: to maintain a family.
to sustain or support: not enough water to maintain life.
- main·tain·a·ble, adjective
- main·tain·a·bil·i·ty, noun
- main·tain·er, noun
- pre·main·tain, verb (used with object)
- self-main·tained, adjective
- self-main·tain·ing, adjective
- un·der·main·tain, verb (used with object)
- un·der·main·tained, adjective
- un·main·tain·a·ble, adjective
- un·main·tained, adjective
- well-main·tained, adjective
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How to use maintain in a sentence
Models in Israel will have to maintain a BMI of 18.5 or higher if they want to stay employed.How Skinny Is Too Skinny? Israel Bans ‘Underweight’ Models | Carrie Arnold | January 8, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
They were just way too aggressive to try and maintain on a farm here,” says Gow of his “Nazi cows.
While not all 86 million maintain positions of governance or public service, the Party's machinery runs on watchmaker precision.
There was really only one good reason to maintain the embargo: Trade with Cuba strengthens the Castros.
But if the goal is to maintain any hope—grim as it is— for serious negotiations leading to a two state solution.Why We Should Delay The Israel-Palestinian Peace Process | Aaron David Miller | December 19, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The dormant accounts most of the banks maintain with the reserve bank are, perhaps, indicative of their attitude toward it.Readings in Money and Banking | Chester Arthur Phillips
I always maintain that our women are of immense service to us, but many of them are physically unfit.Ancestors | Gertrude Atherton
But in one respect the currency notes helped to maintain the country's gold standard.Readings in Money and Banking | Chester Arthur Phillips
My own opportunities have been very limited, yet so far as they go they tend to maintain the justice of this remark.Glances at Europe | Horace Greeley
Not one of the early electric actions proved either quick or reliable, and all were costly to install and maintain.The Recent Revolution in Organ Building | George Laing Miller
British Dictionary definitions for maintain
to continue or retain; keep in existence
to keep in proper or good condition: to maintain a building
to support a style of living: the money maintained us for a month
(takes a clause as object) to state or assert: he maintained that Talbot was wrong
to defend against contradiction; uphold: she maintained her innocence
to defend against physical attack
- maintainable, adjective
- maintainer, noun
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