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maintain at CMU American English spelling Of Explained:


maintain at English => English (English Etymology) Of Explained:

c.1250, "to practice habitually," from Anglo-Fr. meintenir (O.Fr. maintenir), from L. manu tenere "hold in the hand," from manu, abl. of manus "hand" + tenere "to hold." Meaning "to carry on, keep up" is from c.1350; that of "to keep oneself, to support" is from 1375. Sense of "to defend in speech" is from 1340. ///

maintain at English => English (Longman) Of Explained:

W2S3 v [T] ----------//
1 make something continue:
2 level/rate:
3 say:
4 look after something:
5 provide money/food: ----------// [Date: 1200-1300; Language: Old French; Origin: maintenir, from Latin manu tenere 'to hold in the hand']//
1 MAKE SOMETHING CONTINUE: to make something continue in the same way or at the same standard as before// --Careers Officers maintain contact with young people when they have left school.// --Britain wants to maintain its position as a world power.// --A lot depends on building and maintaining a good relationship with your customers.// --The hotel prides itself on maintaining high standards.// --How can we maintain control of spending?//
2 LEVEL/RATE: to make a level or rate of activity, movement etc stay the same// --It is important to maintain a constant temperature inside the greenhouse.// --This is the most efficient way to build up and maintain a reasonable level of physical fitness.//
3 SAY: to strongly express your belief that something is true// claim// maintain (that)// --Critics maintain that these reforms will lead to a decline in educational standards.// maintain your innocence (=say that you did not commit a crime) // --He maintained his innocence and said the allegations were 'ridiculous'.//
4 LOOK AFTER SOMETHING: to keep a machine, building etc in good condition by checking and repairing it regularly// --The report found that safety equipment had been very poorly maintained.// --The company is responsible for maintaining public telephone boxes.//
5 PROVIDE MONEY/FOOD: to provide someone with the things they need, such as money or food// provide for// --How can you maintain a family on $900 a month?//

maintain at English => English (Moby Thesaurus II) Of Explained:

270 Moby Thesaurus words for "maintain":
abide, accommodate, account as, advocate, affirm, afford,
afford support, allege, allege in support, announce, annunciate,
answer, argue, argue for, assert, assever, asseverate, assume,
aver, avouch, avow, back, back up, be afraid, bear, bear out,
bear up, bide, blow to, bolster, bolster up, bottle up, brace,
brook no denial, buoy up, buttress, care for, carry, carry on,
champion, claim, clothe, conceive, conserve, consider, contend,
contend for, continue, continue to be, contribute, copyright,
cork up, correct, counter, cradle, crutch, cultivate, cushion,
daresay, declare, deem, defeat time, defend, defy time, donate,
dwell, emphasize, endow, endure, enunciate, espouse, esteem,
estimate, exist, expect, express, extend, fancy, fight for, fill,
fill up, finance, find, fund, furnish, give, give support, go on,
go treat, guard, guess, have, have a hunch, have an idea,
have an impression, have an inkling, have the idea, hold, hold as,
hold in, hold on, hold out, hold up, husband, imagine, inhibit,
insist, insist on, insist upon, invest, issue a manifesto, judge,
justify, keep, keep afloat, keep alive, keep going, keep in,
keep intact, keep inviolate, keep on, keep safe, keep up, last,
last long, last out, lay down, lend support, lengthen, live,
live on, live through, lock in, look after, look upon as, mainstay,
make a plea, make available, make provision for, manage, manifesto,
not destroy, not endanger, not expend, not use up, not waste,
nurture, opine, patent, pay the bill, perdure, perennate,
perpetuate, persist, persist in, pillow, plead for, predicate,
prepare, present, preserve, press, presume, prevail, proclaim,
profess, prolong, pronounce, prop, prop up, protect, protest,
protract, provide, provide for, put, put it, rebut, reckon,
recruit, rectify, refute, regard, register, reinforce, remain,
replenish, reply, repress, respond, retain, right, riposte, run,
run on, save, save up, say, say in defense, set down, set down as,
set up, shore, shore up, shoulder, spare, speak, speak for,
speak out, speak up, speak up for, stand, stand by, stand drinks,
stand for, stand on, stand to, stand treat, stand up for, state,
stay, stay on, stick to, stick up for, stock, store, stress,
submit, subsidize, subsist, subvention, subventionize, supply,
support, suppose, suppress, surmise, survive, suspect, sustain,
take, take care of, take for, take it, take no denial, tarry,
testify, think, tide over, treat, treat to, trow, underbrace,
undergird, underlie, underpin, underset, upbear, uphold, upkeep,
urge, urge reasons for, view as, vindicate, vouchsafe, warrant,
wear, wear well, ween, yield

maintain at English => English (English Thesaurus) Of Explained:

[V] (Permanence): let alone, let be, persist, remain, stay, last, endure, bide, abide, maintain, keep, stand, stand still, stand fast, subsist, survive, hold good.

[V] (Continuation of action): continue, persist, go on, keep on, keep, pursue, maintain, carry on, keep up, sustain, uphold, perpetuate, preserve, keep going.

[V] (Agency): be in action, operate, work, act, act upon, perform, play, support, sustain, strain, strive, maintain, take effect, come into play.

[V] (Affirmation): assert, make an assertion, have one's say, say, affirm, declare, state, protest, profess, put forth, advance, allege, propose, enunciate, broach, set forth, maintain, contend, pretend, depose, aver, avow, swear, pledge.

[V] (Preservation): preserve, maintain, keep, sustain, support, hold, keep up, keep alive, nurse, save, rescue, take care of, care, guard, defend, embalm, cure, salt, pickle.

maintain at English => English (Oxford Advanced Learners) Of Explained:

1 [VN] to make sth continue at the same level, standard, etc.
to maintain law and order / standards / a balance * The two countries have always maintained close relations. * (formal) She maintained a dignified silence. * to maintain prices (= prevent them falling or rising)
2 [VN] to keep a building, a machine, etc. in good condition by checking or repairing it regularly:
The house is large and difficult to maintain.
3 to keep stating that sth is true, even though other people do not agree or do not believe it:
[V (that)] The men maintained (that) they were out of the country when the crime was committed. * [VN] She has always maintained her innocence. [also V speech]
4 [VN] to support sb/sth financially over a long period of time
Her income was barely enough to maintain one child, let alone three.

Maintain at English => English (Websters 1913) Of Explained:

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

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

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

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.

What maintains one vice would bring up two children.

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}.

maintain at English => English (WordNet) Of Explained:

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}]

maintain at English (WD) Of Explained:



From Inter: etyl » xno Inter: term » maintenir, Inter: etyl » fro Inter: term » maintenir|lang=fro, from Inter: etyl » LL. Inter: term » manutenere||support, from Inter: etyl » la Inter: term » manu|manū|with the hand + Inter: term » tenere|tenēre|hold.


* Inter: a » UK Inter: IPA » /meɪnˈteɪn/
  • Inter: audio » en-us-maintain.ogg|Audio (US)
  • Inter: rhymes » eɪn


    Inter: en-ver » b

  • Inter: obsolete » transitive To support (someone), to back up or assist (someone) in an action. Inter: defdate » 14th-19th c.
    1. 1485, Thomas Malory, Le Morte Darthur, Book XV:
    2. : he wente oute of hys ermytaige for to maynteyne his nevew ayenste the myghty erle.
    3. To keep up; to preserve; to uphold (a state, condition etc.). Inter: defdate » from 14th c.
    4. Inter: quote-news »

    |date=November 5
    |author=Phil Dawkes
    |title=QPR 2 - 3 Man City
    |work=BBC Sport
    |passage=Mancini's men were far from their best but dug in to earn a 10th win in 11 league games and an eighth successive victory in all competitions to maintain their five-point lead at the top of the table.
    1. To declare or affirm (a clause) to be true; to assert. Inter: defdate » from 15th c.
    2. Inter: quote-news »

    |date=April 19
    |author=Josh Halliday
    |title=Free speech haven or lawless cesspool – can the internet be civilised?
    |work=the Guardian
    |passage=She maintains that the internet should face similar curbs to TV because young people are increasingly living online. "It's totally different, someone at Google watching the video from the comfort of their office in San Francisco to someone from a council house in London, where this video is happening right outside their front door."

    Derived terms

    * maintainability

    Related terms

    * maintainer
    • maintenance


      Inter: trans-top » to keep up
    • Arabic: Inter: Arab » حافظ Inter: IPAchar » (ħāfaʐa)
    • Catalan: Inter: t+ » ca|mantenir
    • Chinese: 维持 (wéichí)
    • Czech: Inter: t- » cs|udržovat
    • Danish: Inter: t+ » da|vedligeholde
    • Dutch: Inter: t+ » nl|handhaven
    • Finnish: Inter: t- » fi|ylläpitää
    • French: Inter: t+ » fr|entretenir
    • German: Inter: t+ » de|unterhalten, Inter: t+ » de|warten
    • Greek: Inter: t+ » el|διατηρώ
    • Hungarian: Inter: t- » hu|karbantart, Inter: t+ » hu|fenntart, Inter: t+ » hu|tart

    Inter: trans-mi » d
  • Irish: Inter: t- » ga|coinnigh
  • Italian: Inter: t+ » it|mantenere
  • Japanese: 保持する (ほじする, hoji suru)
  • Korean: 유지하다 (yujihada)
  • Latin: Inter: t+ » la|habeo
  • Norwegian: Inter: t- » no|opprettholde, Inter: t+ » no|bevare, Inter: t- » no|vedlikeholde
  • Portuguese: Inter: t+ » pt|manter
  • Russian: Inter: t+ » ru|поддерживать|tr=poddérživat’
  • Spanish: Inter: t+ » es|mantener
  • Swahili: Inter: t+ » sw|dumisha
  • Swedish: Inter: t- » sv|upphålla

  • Inter: trans-botto » m
    Inter: trans-top » to declare or affirm a point of view to be true
    • Catalan: Inter: t+ » ca|mantenir
    • Finnish: Inter: t+ » fi|väittää
    • French: Inter: t+ » fr|maintenir

    Inter: trans-mi » d
  • Greek: Inter: t+ » el|ισχυρίζομαι
  • Portuguese: Inter: t+ » pt|afirmar
  • Spanish: Inter: t+ » es|mantener

  • Inter: trans-botto » m


    * amanitin
    Translation: am » maintain
    Translation: cs » maintain
    Translation: de » maintain
    Translation: et » maintain
    Translation: el » maintain
    Translation: es » maintain
    Translation: fa » maintain
    Translation: fr » maintain
    Translation: ko » maintain
    Translation: io » maintain
    Translation: id » maintain
    Translation: it » maintain
    Translation: kn » maintain
    Translation: sw » maintain
    Translation: ku » maintain
    Translation: li » maintain
    Translation: hu » maintain
    Translation: mg » maintain
    Translation: my » maintain
    Translation: ja » maintain
    Translation: pl » maintain
    Translation: pt » maintain
    Translation: ro » maintain
    Translation: ru » maintain
    Category: simple:maintain -
    Translation: fi » maintain
    Translation: sv » maintain
    Translation: ta » maintain
    Translation: te » maintain
    Translation: tr » maintain
    Translation: vi » maintain
    Translation: zh » maintain