- to keep in existence or continuance; preserve; retain: to maintain good relations with neighboring countries.
- 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 affirm; assert; declare: He maintained that the country was going downhill.
- 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.
Origin of maintain
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Related Wordspreserve, control, protect, finance, uphold, provide, support, manage, keep, renew, continue, sustain, retain, cultivate, stress, defend, advocate, insist, say, emphasize
Examples from the Web for maintained
But the proud stone lion that once stood atop the tomb, as Peristeri has often maintained, suggests a male occupant and a warrior.Is This Alexander the Great’s Tomb—or His Wife’s?
December 12, 2014
He has been summoned from the command post the NYPD has maintained for a decade just up the street.Synagogue Slay: When Cops Have to Kill
December 10, 2014
He does not seem to have anticipated that she could have maintained such remarkable presence of mind.Rape, Lies & Videotape in Ferguson
November 18, 2014
“A nation of homeowners, of people who own a real share in their land, is unconquerable,” he maintained.The Progressives’ War on Suburbia
November 16, 2014
“I had an entirely different vision from Safran Foer,” Honig maintained.The Bioethicist Turned Butcher
September 28, 2014
This was an advance by leaps and bounds which has not since been maintained.The Story of the Invention of Steel Pens
The duties were to be reduced and the system improved, but the principle was to be maintained.The Grand Old Man
Richard B. Cook
Nevertheless, indomitable in her purpose, she maintained the struggle.Within the Law
But the Sikhs maintained a remorseful silence and declined it.The Story of the Malakand Field Force
Sir Winston S. Churchill
Winnie maintained that he was much less “absent-minded” now.The Secret Agent
- to continue or retain; keep in existence
- to keep in proper or good conditionto maintain a building
- to support a style of livingthe money maintained us for a month
- (takes a clause as object) to state or asserthe maintained that Talbot was wrong
- to defend against contradiction; upholdshe maintained her innocence
- to defend against physical attack
Word Origin and History for maintained
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.