Maintenance meaning

māntə-nəns
The act of maintaining or the state of being maintained.

Nutrients essential to the maintenance of good health.

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The definition of maintenance is providing support or upkeep to something.

An example of maintenance is a janitor keeping a school clean.

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The work of keeping something in proper condition; upkeep.

Car maintenance.

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(law) The wrongful aiding of another in the pursuit or defense of a lawsuit, especially in jurisdictions where nonparties are legally prohibited to provide financial assistance.
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A maintaining or being maintained; upkeep, support, defense, etc.; specif., the work of keeping a building, machinery, etc. in good repair.
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A department or the personnel responsible for keeping a building, etc. in good repair.
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Financial support paid by one ex-spouse to another pursuant to a legal separation or divorce.
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(1) Hardware maintenance is the testing and cleaning of equipment.
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(law) The act of interfering unlawfully in a suit between others by helping either party, as by giving money, to carry it on.
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Means of support or sustenance; livelihood.

A job that barely provides a maintenance.

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The effort and expense of the upkeep of property.
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To assist a party to a lawsuit with which one has no connection by providing financial or other support to enable the party to pursue the matter.
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Actions performed to keep some machine or system functioning or in service.
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(law) A tort committed when a third party who does not have a bona fide interest in a lawsuit provides help or acquires an interest to a litigant's lawsuit.
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(law) A provision ordered to be made by way of periodical payments or a lump sum, as after a divorce for a spouse.
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Origin of maintenance

  • Middle English maintenaunce from Old French maintenance from maintenir to maintain maintain

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

  • From Middle English mayntenaunce, from Old French maintenance, from maintenir, from Latin manus tenere (“to hold in the hand").

    From Wiktionary

  • Note that maintain has undergone a sound and spelling change, hence spelt with -tain-, rather than the -ten- still found in maintenance.

    From Wiktionary