Maintain meaning

mān-tān
To declare to be true; affirm.

Maintained her innocence.

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To keep in an existing state; preserve or retain.

Maintain one's composure.

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Maintain is defined as to keep in a current state in order to prevent from failing or breaking or to carry on or to support or provide.

An example of maintain is to bring one's car to a mechanic for regular oil changes.

An example of maintain is to keep soldiers on task.

An example of maintain is to care for a family and household.

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To keep up or carry on; continue.

Maintain good relations.

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To keep in a condition of good repair or efficiency.

Maintain two cars.

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To keep or keep up; continue in or with; carry on.
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To keep or hold (a place, position, etc.) against attack; defend.
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To support by aid, influence, protection, etc.
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To support by providing means of existence; bear the expenses of.

To maintain a family.

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To adhere or conform to; keep.

Maintain a busy schedule.

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To keep up; to preserve; to uphold (a state, condition etc.). [from 14th c.]
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To declare or affirm (a clause) to be true; to assert. [from 15th c.]
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To defend or hold against criticism or attack.

Maintained his stand on taxes.

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Origin of maintain

  • 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 man-2 in Indo-European roots tenēre to hold ten- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Anglo-Norman and Old French maintenir, from Late Latin manÅ«teneō (“I support"), from Latin manÅ« (“with the hand") + teneō (“I hold").

    From Wiktionary