- 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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Examples from the Web for maintaining
This suggests that places combining—but also maintaining—place and possibility have a lot to offer people.Will Texas Stay Texan?
December 29, 2014
At the same time, Democrats lost ground, now maintaining unilateral control in just six states, down from 11 before the midterms.GOP States’ Hitlist: Abortion, Unions & Hillary
November 18, 2014
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?
October 29, 2014
Maintaining the high caliber of guest to which his viewers have become accustomed, Galifianakis welcomes Brad Pitt to the ferns.Brad Pitt and Louis C.K. Go ‘Between Two Ferns’
Alex Chancey, The Daily Beast Video
October 23, 2014
I spoke with Jeff Gray, the Building Services Manager at Stephen Knolls who is in charge of maintaining the garden.Magical Gardens for the Blind, Deaf, and Disabled
October 22, 2014
She was maintaining that calm level of submission to fate which had been her lifelong habit.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
In an instant I was at her side, bowing but maintaining silence.The First Violin
But all this does59 not prevent us from maintaining our hypothesis.Introduction to the Study of History
Charles V. Langlois
To what, then, must we look for the reason of maintaining so strange an institution?Arthur O'Leary
Charles James Lever
In this way I should escape the forfeiture of my credit, and the risk of maintaining it.Confessions Of Con Cregan
Charles James Lever
- 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 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.