Definitions for maintain

Definitions for (verb) maintain

Main entry: observe, maintain, keep

Definition: stick to correctly or closely

Usage: The pianist kept time with the metronome; keep count; I cannot keep track of all my employees

Main entry: maintain, uphold

Definition: support against an opponent

Usage: The appellate court upheld the verdict

Main entry: assert, asseverate, maintain

Definition: state categorically

Main entry: maintain, defend

Definition: state or assert

Usage: He maintained his innocence

Main entry: keep, maintain

Definition: maintain by writing regular records

Usage: keep a diary; maintain a record; keep notes

Main entry: sustain, maintain, keep

Definition: supply with necessities and support

Usage: She alone sustained her family; The money will sustain our good cause; There's little to earn and many to keep

Main entry: keep, maintain

Definition: maintain for use and service

Usage: I keep a car in the countryside; She keeps an apartment in Paris for her shopping trips

Main entry: exert, maintain, wield

Definition: have and exercise

Usage: wield power and authority

Main entry: preserve, maintain, keep up, conserve

Definition: keep in safety and protect from harm, decay, loss, or destruction

Usage: We preserve these archeological findings; The old lady could not keep up the building; children must be taught to conserve our national heritage; The museum curator conserved the ancient manuscripts

Main entry: keep, maintain, hold

Definition: keep in a certain state, position, or activity; e.g., "keep clean"

Usage: hold in place; She always held herself as a lady; The students keep me on my toes

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