main·tain /menˈten, mən-/
Main·tain v. t. [imp. & p. p. Maintained p. pr. & vb. n. Maintaining.]
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.
v 1: 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" [syn: keep, hold]
2: 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" [syn: conserve,
preserve, keep up]
3: 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" [syn: sustain,
4: state categorically [syn: assert, asseverate]
5: of power or authority [syn: wield, exert]
6: maintain for use and service; "I keep a car in the
countryside"; "She keeps an apartment in Paris for her
shopping trips" [syn: keep]
7: maintain by writing regular records; "keep a diary";
"maintain a record"; "keep notes" [syn: keep]
8: state or assert; "He maintained his innocence" [syn: defend]
9: support against an opponent; "The appellate court upheld the
verdict" [syn: uphold]
10: observe correctly or closely; "The pianist kept time with
the metronome"; "keep count"; "I cannot keep track of all
my employees" [syn: observe, keep]