maintain meaning

[ men'tein ] Pronunciation:   "maintain" in a sentence
  • Verb: maintain  meyn'teyn
    1. Keep in a certain state, position, or activity; e.g., "keep clean"
      - keep, hold 
    2. Keep in safety and protect from harm, decay, loss, or destruction
      - conserve, preserve, keep up 
    3. Supply with necessities and support
      - sustain, keep 
    4. State categorically
      - assert, asseverate 
    5. Have and exercise
      - wield, exert 
    6. Maintain for use and service
      - keep 
    7. Maintain by writing regular records
      "maintain a record"
      - keep 
    8. State or assert
      "He maintained his innocence"
      - defend 
    9. Support against an opponent
      - uphold 
    10. Stick to correctly or closely
      - observe, keep

    Derived forms: maintaining, maintained, maintains

    See also: maintainable, maintainer, maintenance

    Type of: affirm, confirm, enter, have, have got, hold, insist, keep, put down, reassert, record, take a firm stand

    Encyclopedia: Maintain

  • [Business]
    verb [+ obj]


    to make sth continue at the same level, standard, etc:

    We will maintain prices at their current level for another six months.

    The two countries have always maintained close relations.

    We must maintain consumer confidence in our brand.

    They are trying reduce interest rates while maintaining control of inflation.

    It will be difficult to maintain exports at their current level.


    to keep a building, a machine, etc. in good condition by checking or repairing it regularly:

    The equipment has been poorly maintained.

    It is the council's responsibility to maintain the roads in the area.


    to keep records and add new information when necessary:

    The company maintains a record of all enquiries made.

    We must ensure that the database is maintained in an up-to-date state.



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  1. each city and province maintains its own camp.
  2. policemen maintain order in the streets.
  3. she tried to maintain a businesslike look.
  4. whate'er betide, maintain your courage.
  5. the beds maintain their identities.

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