verb (used with object)
Origin of maintain
Examples from the Web for maintain
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|DAILY BEAST
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|DAILY BEAST
The newly free country struggled to maintain order in the wake of independence, but it was woefully unprepared.
I was told that the bones were not replaced but that sticks were inserted to maintain the fingers in proper shape.
Here, if Man is to maintain himself at all, he must be master of tame animals which can eat the grass, and in turn sustain him.The Unity of Civilization|Various
And so there is no way that I can tell for sure that he was or he wasn't, because we never did maintain a file in this direction.Warren Commission (10 of 26): Hearings Vol. X (of 15)|The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
What but divine grace could have enabled Jonathan to maintain this blessed temper?The Expositor's Bible: The First Book of Samuel|W. G. Blaikie
Kentucky has failed to produce and maintain a respectable literary magazine for any considerable length of time.Kentucky in American Letters, v. 1 of 2|John Wilson Townsend
British Dictionary definitions for maintain
Word Origin for maintain
Word Origin and History for maintain
mid-13c., "to practice habitually," from Anglo-French meintenir (Old French maintenir, 12c.) "keep (a wife), sustain; persevere in, practice continually," from Latin manu tenere "hold in the hand," from manu, ablative of manus "hand" (see manual) + tenere "to hold" (see tenet). Meaning "to carry on, keep up" is from mid-14c.; that of "to keep oneself, to support" is from late 14c. Sense of "to defend in speech" is from mid-14c. Related: Maintained; maintaining; maintains.