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tr.v. main·tained, main·tain·ing, main·tains
1. To keep up or carry on; continue: maintain good relations.
2. To keep in an existing state; preserve or retain: maintain one's composure.
3. To keep in a condition of good repair or efficiency: maintain two cars.
a. To provide for; support: maintain a family.
b. To keep in existence; sustain: enough food to maintain life.
5. To defend or hold against criticism or attack: maintained his stand on taxes.
6. To declare to be true; affirm: maintained her innocence.
7. To adhere or conform to; keep: maintain a busy schedule.

[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- in Indo-European roots + tenēre, to hold; see ten- in Indo-European roots.]

main·tain′a·bil′i·ty n.
main·tain′a·ble adj.
main·tain′er n.


  • petite maison - A love nest or a residence maintained for a mistress.
  • standing army - A permanent army maintained in time of peace and war.
  • parochial school - A school established and maintained by a religious body, from Latin parochialis, "of a parish."
  • radio silence - A status in which all fixed or mobile radio stations in an area stop transmitting (sometimes limited to certain frequency bands) for the period of time during which this status exists.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.maintained - kept in good conditionmaintained - kept in good condition    
preserved - kept intact or in a particular condition
2.maintained - continued in your keeping or use or memory; "in...the retained pattern of dancers and guests remembered"
preserved - kept intact or in a particular condition
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