verb (used with object)
- mainstream corporation tax,
- maintained school,
Origin of maintain
Examples from the Web for maintainer
The devil Set was symbolic of disorder and darkness, while the god Osiris was the maintainer of order and the giver of light.The Evolution of the Dragon|G. Elliot Smith
He is the life of traffic and the maintainer of trade, the sailor's master and the soldier's friend.
Not me, though—I was still grateful to the Maintainer for getting me out of that spot, whatever other it had got us all into.The Big Time|Fritz Reuter Leiber
The queen, unpopular on the score of her imputed arbitrary counsels, was 112 odious as a maintainer of idolatry.
No maintainer or assailant of the Union is insane enough to propose the repeal of the Emancipation Act.England's Case Against Home Rule|Albert Venn Dicey
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.