maintenance meaning

[ 'meintinəns ] Pronunciation:   "maintenance" in a sentence
Noun: maintenance  meyntununs
  1. Activity involved in maintaining something in good working order
    - care, upkeep 
  2. Means of maintenance of a family or group 
  3. Court-ordered support paid by one spouse to another after they are separated
    - alimony 
  4. The act of sustaining life by food or providing a means of subsistence
    - sustenance, sustentation, sustainment, upkeep 
  5. The unauthorized interference in a legal action by a person having no interest in it (as by helping one party with money or otherwise to continue the action) so as to obstruct justice or promote unnecessary litigation or unsettle the peace of the community
    "unlike champerty, criminal maintenance does not necessarily involve personal profit"
    - criminal maintenance

Derived forms: maintenances

See also: maintain

Type of: actus reus, bread and butter, fix, fixing, fixture, keep, livelihood, living, mend, mending, misconduct, repair, reparation, support, support payment, sustenance, wrongdoing, wrongful conduct

Encyclopedia: Maintenance, Repair and Operations Maintenance Maintenance, repair and operations Maintenance, mechanical, arm and crew systems


The upkeep of a building and its equipment so that the building can continue to perform its required functions. See condition-based maintenance, corrective maintenance, deferred maintenance, emergency maintenance, periodic maintenance, planned maintenance, preventive maintenance, scheduled maintenance.

noun [U]



the act of keeping sth in good condition by checking or repairing it regularly:

We are responsible for the cleaning and maintenance of the building.

building/car/road maintenance

The maintenance work is done by an outside contractor.

The plant is undergoing essential maintenance.


❖ to carry out/do maintenance

day-to-day/essential/planned/preventive/routine maintenance

◆ sth needs/requires/undergoes maintenance

◆ a maintenance agreement/contract/contractor maintenance staff/work/workers


the act of making a state or situation continue:

the maintenance of a high dividend

price maintenance

CARE noun

Work on buildings and equipment which is necessary to keep them in good condition. This includes lubrication, checking for wear and damage, and the replacement of worn or defective parts. Maintenance is expensive in labour and materials, but cutting down on routine maintenance is generally false economy as it leads to breakdowns, accidents, and unsatisfactory quality of output.

The process of keeping a system, circuit, or component in operating condition, with minimal down time.


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  1. other maintenance departments had pitched in.
  2. maintenance snow crews were nearing exhaustion.
  3. above them was the maintenance room.
  4. his main theme was maintenance of american neutrality.
  5. a coveralled maintenance worker ran into the lobby.

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