verb (used with object)
Origin of maintain
Examples from the Web for maintaining
This suggests that places combining—but also maintaining—place and possibility have a lot to offer people.
At the same time, Democrats lost ground, now maintaining unilateral control in just six states, down from 11 before the midterms.
And diversity is playing an ever increasing role in maintaining profitability.Marvel and DC Plan 20 Movies for the Next Six Years: Will the Comic Book Movie Bubble Burst?|Rich Goldstein|October 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Maintaining the high caliber of guest to which his viewers have become accustomed, Galifianakis welcomes Brad Pitt to the ferns.
I spoke with Jeff Gray, the Building Services Manager at Stephen Knolls who is in charge of maintaining the garden.
Were they simply marvelously clever in maintaining a probable story?A Thousand Francs Reward|Emile Gaboriau
How shall we overcome the apparent difficulty of maintaining the confidence of children?Religious Education in the Family|Henry F. Cope
Such prodigality, truly tremendous in that region, helped him not a little in maintaining his prestige.Maximina|Armando Palacio Valds
If absolutely obliged to stop, remain standing and packed together like sardines, maintaining above formations and intervals.Handy War Guide for My Company|Andr Godefroy Lionel Hanguillart
I found them in the balcony in front of the building, maintaining a feeble fire against the multitude.
British Dictionary definitions for maintaining
Word Origin for maintain
Word Origin and History for maintaining
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.