Definitions of maintain

  1. To affirm a position; to assert.
  2. To keep possession of; to hold and defend; not to surrender or relinquish.
  3. To continue; not to suffer to cease or fail.
  4. To bear the expense of; to support; to keep up; to supply with what is needed.
  5. To affirm; to support or defend by argument.
  6. To support or bear the expense of; sustain; to keep possession of; affirm and defend by argument; continue in or with; to keep up.
  7. To keep in any state: to keep possession of: to carry on: to keep up: to support: to make good: to support by argument: to affirm: to defend.
  8. To uphold; keep; keep up; support; affirm.
  9. To hold; keep; support; uphold; vindicate; make good.
  10. To affirm.
  11. maintain by writing regular records; " keep a diary"; " maintain a record"; " keep notes"
  12. maintain for use and service; " I keep a car in the countryside"; " She keeps an apartment in Paris for her shopping trips"
  13. keep in a certain state, position, or activity; e. g., " keep clean"; " hold in place"; " She always held herself as a lady"; " The students keep me on my toes"
  14. To hold or keep in any particular state or condition; to support; to sustain; to uphold; to keep up; not to suffer to fail or decline; as, to maintain a certain degree of heat in a furnace; to maintain a fence or a railroad; to maintain the digestive process or powers of the stomach; to maintain the fertility of soil; to maintain present reputation.
  15. To assert; affirm.
  16. To hold, preserve, or keep in state; to hold; to keep up; to continue; to support; to defend; to vindicate; to support by assertion or argument.
  17. To hold or preserve in some particular state or condition; to defend; to vindicate; to support by argument; to justify; to support with food, clothing, & c.; to affirm or assert.