[ meyn-teyn ]
/ meɪnˈteɪn /
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verb (used with object)
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 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.
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Origin of maintain
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4. Maintain, assert, aver, allege, hold, state all mean to express an opinion, judgment, or position. Maintain carries the implications of both firmness and persistence in declaring or supporting a conviction: She maintained her client's innocence even in the face of damaging evidence. Assert suggests assurance, confidence, and sometimes aggressiveness in the effort to persuade others to agree with or accept one's position: He asserted again and again the government's right to control the waterway. Aver, like assert, implies confident declaration and sometimes suggests a firmly positive or peremptory tone; in legal use aver means “to allege as fact”: to aver that the evidence is incontrovertible. Allege indicates a statement without evidence to support it, and thus can imply doubt as to the validity or accuracy of an assertion: The official is alleged to have been unaware of the crime. Hold means simply to have or express a conviction or belief: We hold these truths to be self-evident; She held that her rights had been violated. State usually suggests a declaration that is forthright and unambiguous: He stated his reasons in clear, simple language.
OTHER WORDS FROM maintain
main·tain·a·ble, adjectivemain·tain·a·bil·i·ty, nounmain·tain·er, nounpre·main·tain, verb (used with object)
self-main·tained, adjectiveself-main·tain·ing, adjectiveun·der·main·tain, verb (used with object)un·der·main·tained, adjectiveun·main·tain·a·ble, adjectiveun·main·tained, adjectivewell-main·tained, adjective
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How to use maintain in a sentence
If Republicans win even one of the seats, McConnell will maintain control of the Senate.All Eyes on Georgia|Tracy Moran|November 19, 2020|Ozy
Leveraging our previous experiences, we really did not want to start maintaining the setup and packaging for various OS distros.Mirantis brings extensions to its Lens Kubernetes IDE, launches a new Kubernetes distro|Frederic Lardinois|November 12, 2020|TechCrunch
Healthcare websites should be one of the most important places to maintain up-to-date compliance for accessibility.Is your website at risk for an ADA accessibility lawsuit?|Richard Horvath|November 12, 2020|Search Engine Land
The idea behind Care Hub, the company explains, is to offer reassurance to family members concerned about an elderly family member’s well-being, while also allowing those family members to maintain some independence.Amazon’s new ‘Care Hub’ lets Alexa owners keep tabs on aging family members|Sarah Perez|November 11, 2020|TechCrunch
Tagovailoa, only a sophomore, said he never lost confidence and his teammates maintained their belief in him.Taulia Tagovailoa responded after a rough opener and now Maryland’s offense is rolling|Emily Giambalvo|November 11, 2020|Washington Post
British Dictionary definitions for maintain
/ (meɪnˈteɪn) /
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
Derived forms of maintainmaintainable, adjectivemaintainer, noun
Word Origin for maintain
C13: from Old French maintenir, ultimately from Latin manū tenēre to hold in the hand
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