American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To keep up or carry on; continue: maintain good relations.
- v. To keep in an existing state; preserve or retain: maintain one's composure.
- v. To keep in a condition of good repair or efficiency: maintain two cars.
- v. To provide for; support: maintain a family.
- v. To keep in existence; sustain: enough food to maintain life.
- v. To defend or hold against criticism or attack: maintained his stand on taxes.
- v. To declare to be true; affirm: maintained her innocence.
- v. To adhere or conform to; keep: maintain a busy schedule.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To hold in an existing state or condition; keep in existence or continuance; preserve from lapse, decline, failure, or cessation; keep up: as, to maintain an upright attitude; to maintain a conversation.
- To furnish means for the subsistence or existence of; sustain or assist with the means of livelihood; provide for; support: as, to maintain a family or an army; to maintain a costly equipage.
- To hold fast; keep in possession; preserve from capture or loss: as, to maintain one's ground in battle or in argument; to maintain an advantage.
- To give support or encouragement to; uphold; countenance; vindicate, as by defense or adjudication.
- To uphold by argument or assertion; hold to: as, to maintain the doctrine of the Trinity.
- To represent; denote.
- Synonyms and Defend, Vindicate, etc. See assert.
- To behave; conduct one's self.
- 2. To hold as true; hold.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To hold or keep in any particular state or condition; to support; to sustain; to uphold; to keep up; not to suffer to fail or decline
- v. To keep possession of; to hold and defend; not to surrender or relinquish.
- v. To continue; not to suffer to cease or fail.
- v. To bear the expense of; to support; to keep up; to supply with what is needed.
- v. To affirm; to support or defend by argument.
- v. stick to correctly or closely
- v. have and exercise
- v. support against an opponent
- v. maintain by writing regular records
- v. keep in safety and protect from harm, decay, loss, or destruction
- v. state categorically
- v. maintain for use and service
- v. supply with necessities and support
- v. state or assert
- v. keep in a certain state, position, or activity; e.g.,
- From Anglo-Norman maintenir, Old French maintenir, from Late Latin manutenere ("support"), from Latin manū ("with the hand") + tenēre ("hold"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English maintainen, from Old French maintenir, from Medieval Latin manutenēre, from Latin manū tenēre, to hold in the hand : manū, ablative of manus, hand; see man-2 in Indo-European roots + tenēre, to hold; see ten- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Proponents of the term maintain that it must be realistically acknowledged that those who have power and benefits from racial privilege in a racist society is primarily white, and that the term “person of color” is a better generic term for those who are racially underprivileged than “black person” as it includes ethnicities other than those strictly of African descent.”
“Proponents of the term maintain that it must be realistically acknowledged that those who have power and benefits from racial privilege in a racist society is primarily white”
“What I did say and do maintain is that formerly all objects displaying specified complexity (and particularly that subset of symbolic information) were recognized in an uncontested way as obviously the artifacts of intelligent agency.”
“It's a different question if what you are actually trying to maintain is never ending ending growth and stock price increases.”
“I hope NASA can maintain is current structure for the time being.”
“However, it was a huge disappointment when stacked up against Through the Looking Glass, which I maintain is probably the greatest hour of television of all-time.”
“And, come to that, what relevance has such a poll to Intelligent Design, which some commenters here still maintain is a scientific endeavour?”
“These are obviously generalizations – which I still maintain is a way of conveying basic genre information, although the cross-pollination of genres is making things a bit more complex.”
“Let's imagine Dragon flies a lot (tourists, staff, cargo, dragonlab) and Dragon's LV flies a lot more (sats) and Boeing or someone owns the fuel depot (they've proposed building one) and all you have to maintain is your lunar lander manufacturing and maybe your space tug if someone else isn't selling something like that already.”
“Sight had always been privileged among the senses for the cognitive distance it was thought to maintain from the object, and the space it therefore allowed for the mediating work of representation.”
These user-created lists contain the word ‘maintain’.
A combined list of
1. EU Buzz - single words
2. EU Buzz - collocations
3. EU Buzz - the 100 most active
absorption capacity, absorption rate, acceding country, accession candidate, accession countries, accession country, accession criteria, accession cycle, accession negotia..., accession partner..., accession priorities, accession treaty and 2650 more...
Use these and get promoted
Words for Talking
( open list, randomness )
All words of the Lisbon Treaty
(Persons' names, foreign and grammatical words have been eliminated, MWEs have been split up into individual words. Capitalization has been retained if r...
1. Strictly EU terms with special European meaning used only in the EU
2. Keywords central to the understanding of the EU (people working for the EU are usually able to give thematic...
mostly from magoosh
Words from the new GRE : This list consists mostly of words from the book Magoosh-GRE-vocab-ebook, which is one of the best vocab materials available, especially if you have started preparing one ...
Looking for tweets for maintain.