verb (used with object)
to keep in existence or continuance; preserve; retain:
to maintain good relations with neighboring countries.
to keep in an appropriate condition, operation, or force; keep unimpaired:
to maintain order; to maintain public highways.
to keep in a specified state, position, etc.:
to maintain a correct posture; to maintain good health.
to affirm; assert; declare:
He maintained that the country was going downhill.
to support in speech or argument, as a statement or proposition.
to keep or hold against attack:
to maintain one’s ground.
to provide for the upkeep or support of; carry the expenses of:
to maintain a family.
to sustain or support:
not enough water to maintain life.
to continue or retain; keep in existence
to keep in proper or good condition: to maintain a building
to support a style of living: the money maintained us for a month
(takes a clause as object) to state or assert: he maintained that Talbot was wrong
to defend against contradiction; uphold: she maintained her innocence
to defend against physical attack
mid-13c., “to practice habitually,” from Anglo-French meintenir (Old French maintenir, 12c.) “keep (a wife), sustain; persevere in, practice continually,” from Latin manu tenere “hold in the hand,” from manu, ablative of manus “hand” (see manual) + tenere “to hold” (see tenet). Meaning “to carry on, keep up” is from mid-14c.; that of “to keep oneself, to support” is from late 14c. Sense of “to defend in speech” is from mid-14c. Related: Maintained; maintaining; maintains.
The female counterpart of machismo: Machisma, Women, and Daring (1970s+)
[meyn-tey-ner] /meɪnˈteɪ nər/ noun, Law. 1. a person guilty of maintenance.
[meyn-tuh-nuh ns] /ˈmeɪn tə nəns/ noun 1. the act of : the maintenance of proper oral hygiene. 2. the state of being : the maintenance of friendly relations with England. 3. care or upkeep, as of machinery or property: With proper maintenance the car will last for many years. 4. means of upkeep, support, or […]
noun, Law. 1. the right of an injured sailor to support and medical treatment.
- Maintenance drug therapy
maintenance drug therapy n. In chemotherapy, the systematic reduction of the dosage of a drug to a level that maintains protection against exacerbation of the condition.