verb (used with object)
- mainstream corporation tax,
- maintained school,
Origin of maintain
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.
He has been summoned from the command post the NYPD has maintained for a decade just up the street.
He does not seem to have anticipated that she could have maintained such remarkable presence of mind.
“A nation of homeowners, of people who own a real share in their land, is unconquerable,” he maintained.
“I had an entirely different vision from Safran Foer,” Honig maintained.
And in the book it said, "It can be maintained that the evil of pride consists in being out of proportion to the universe."Tremendous Trifles|G. K. Chesterton
On the other hand, it is maintained that there is an abundant field for both day school and institution.The Deaf|Harry Best
And even after six years of the jungle, he maintained his picturesqueness.Angel Island|Inez Haynes Gillmore
It is well, as Fitzjames maintained, that things should be as they are.The Life of Sir James Fitzjames Stephen, Bart., K.C.S.I.|Sir Leslie Stephen
"I won't go unless you give me a nickel first," he maintained, firmly.The Campfire Girls Go Motoring|Hildegard G. Frey
Word Origin 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.