Word definition: maintain

Defiintion of maintain:

[v] observe correctly or closely; "The pianist kept time with the metronome"; "keep count"; "I cannot keep track of all my employees"
[v] support against an opponent; "The appellate court upheld the verdict"
[v] state categorically
[v] state or assert; "He maintained his innocence"
[v] maintain by writing regular records; "keep a diary"; "maintain a record"; "keep notes"
[v] supply with necessities and support; "She alone sustained her family"; "The money will sustain our good cause"; "There's little to earn and many to keep"
[v] maintain for use and service; "I keep a car in the countryside"; "She keeps an apartment in Paris for her shopping trips"
[v] of power or authority
[v] keep in safety and protect from harm, decay, loss, or destruction; "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"
[v] 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"

Synonyms of maintain:

assert, asseverate, conserve, defend, exert, hold, keep, keep, keep, keep, keep, keep up, observe, preserve, sustain, uphold, wield

Antonyms of maintain:


See Also:

affirm, allege, arrest, aver, avoid, bear on, carry, carry on, check, confirm, conserve, contain, continue, defer, delay, detain, distance, endure, enter, exclude, go, have, have, have got, have got, hold, hold, hold back, hold out, hold over, hold the line, hold up, housekeep, insist, isolate, justify, keep apart, keep down, keep in, keep off, keep out, keep up, last, live, live on, number, patronage, postpone, predicate, preserve, pressurise, pressurize, proclaim, prolong, prorogue, put down, put off, put over, reassert, record, remit, reseed, resist, say, sequester, sequestrate, set apart, set back, shelve, shut, shut out, stand firm, stay off, stop, survive, sustain, table, take a firm stand, turn back, uphold, vindicate, withstand

Webster Dictionary (1913) for maintain:

\Main*tain\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Maintained}; p. pr. &
vb. n. {Maintaining}.] [OE. maintenen, F. maintenir,
properly, to hold by the hand; main hand (L. manus) + F.
tenir to hold (L. tenere). See {Manual}, and Tenable.]
1. 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.

2. To keep possession of; to hold and defend; not to
   surrender or relinquish.

         God values . . . every one as he maintains his post.
                                               --Grew.

3. To continue; not to suffer to cease or fail.

         Maintain talk with the duke.          --Shak.

4. To bear the expense of; to support; to keep up; to supply
   with what is needed.

         Glad, by his labor, to maintain his life.
                                               --Stirling.

         What maintains one vice would bring up two children.
                                               --Franklin.

5. To affirm; to support or defend by argument.

         It is hard to maintain the truth, but much harder to
         be maintained by it.                  --South.

Syn: To assert; vindicate; allege. See {Assert}.