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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典


From: Network Terminology


From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 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.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      adj 1: kept in good condition [syn: kept up(p), well-kept]
      2: made ready for service [syn: repaired, serviced]
      3: continued in your keeping or use or memory; "in...the
         retained pattern of dancers and guests remembered" [syn: retained]