• WordNet 3.6
    • v maintain stick to correctly or closely "The pianist kept time with the metronome","keep count","I cannot keep track of all my employees"
    • v maintain support against an opponent "The appellate court upheld the verdict"
    • v maintain state categorically
    • v maintain state or assert "He maintained his innocence"
    • v maintain maintain by writing regular records "keep a diary","maintain a record","keep notes"
    • v maintain 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 maintain for use and service "I keep a car in the countryside","She keeps an apartment in Paris for her shopping trips"
    • v maintain have and exercise "wield power and authority"
    • v maintain 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 maintain 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"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Gardening is said to be one of the best exercises for maintaining healthy bones
    • Maintain To affirm; to support or defend by argument. "It is hard to maintain the truth, but much harder to be maintained by it."
    • Maintain 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."
    • Maintain To continue; not to suffer to cease or fail. "Maintain talk with the duke."
    • Maintain 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.
    • Maintain To keep possession of; to hold and defend; not to surrender or relinquish. "God values . . . every one as he maintains his post."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In the 19th century, it was common practice for a Japanese woman to dye their teeth black. They believed that this enhanced sex appeal and maintained healthier teeth
    • maintain To hold in an existing state or condition; keep in existence or continuance; preserve from lapse, decline, failure, or cessation; keep up: as, to maintain an upright attitude; to maintain a conversation.
    • maintain To furnish means for the subsistence or existence of; sustain or assist with the means of livelihood; provide for; support: as, to maintain a family or an army; to maintain a costly equipage.
    • maintain To hold fast; keep in possession; preserve from capture or loss: as, to maintain one's ground in battle or in argument; to maintain an advantage.
    • maintain To give support or encouragement to; uphold; countenance; vindicate, as by defense or adjudication.
    • maintain To uphold by argument or assertion; hold to: as, to maintain the doctrine of the Trinity.
    • maintain To represent; denote.
    • maintain Synonyms and Defend, Vindicate, etc. See assert.
    • maintain To behave; conduct one's self.
    • maintain To hold as true; hold.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The sun's total lifetime as a star capable of maintaining a life-bearing Earth is about 11 billion years. Nearly half that time has passed.
    • v.t Maintain men-tān′ to keep in any state: to keep possession of: to preserve from capture or loss: to carry on: to keep up: to support: to make good: to support by argument: to affirm: to defend
    • v.i Maintain to affirm, as a position: to assert
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  • Blaise Pascal
    “I maintain that, if everyone knew what others said about him, there would not be four friends in the world.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Maintain peace with men, war with their vices.”
  • Abraham Lincoln
    “Must a government be too strong for the liberties of its people or too weak to maintain its own existence?”
  • Aristotle
    “No one will dare maintain that it is better to do injustice than to bear it.”
  • Emma Goldman
    “The State is the altar of political freedom and, like the religious altar, it is maintained for the purpose of human sacrifice.”
  • Napoleon Bonaparte
    “One must change one's tactics every ten years if one wishes to maintain one's superiority.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. maintenen, F. maintenir, properly, to hold by the hand; main, hand (L. manus,) + F. tenir, to hold (L. tenere,). See Manual, and Tenable


In literature:

It is good to maintain sound views of the declarations of the word of God.
"The Ordinance of Covenanting" by John Cunningham
Under questioning they maintain a bland front that it is almost impossible to break down.
"The Woman from Outside" by Hulbert Footner
It remained to maintain it against the enemy's offensive.
"World's War Events, Vol. I" by Various
They will maintain it as long as it deserves to be maintained.
"Robert Toombs" by Pleasant A. Stovall
The ecclesiastics were all maintained by the Imperial Government.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 61, No. 380, June, 1847" by Various
Ferdinand was not allowed to leave Naples until he had once more sworn on his honor to maintain the constitution borrowed from Spain.
"A History of the Nineteenth Century, Year by Year" by Edwin Emerson
The exclusion was maintained, but ministers were allowed to appear and answer for their departments.
"Lectures on the French Revolution" by John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton
The possibility of maintaining standard wage rates over a large and diversified area considered.
"The Settlement of Wage Disputes" by Herbert Feis
They have maintained their racial characteristics with remarkable purity.
"History of Education" by Levi Seeley
But in every point Congreve maintained his superiority to Wycherley.
"Critical and Historical Essays, Volume III (of 3)" by Thomas Babington Macaulay

In poetry:

By the poor widow's oil and meal
Elijah was sustained;
Though small the stock it lasted well,
For God the store maintained.
"The Meal And Cruse Of Oil" by John Newton
Man's nat'ral pow'rs are found too weak,
His feelings to restrain;
Till pure religion from above,
A faithful watch maintain.
"The Advantages Of Resignation" by Elizabeth Bath
O wondrous stream! O blessed type
Of ever-flowing grace!
So Christ, our Rock, maintains our life
Through all this wilderness.
"PSALM 105 Abridged" by Isaac Watts
If to be lov'd it thee offend,
I cannot choose but love thee still:
And so thy greefe shall have no end,
Whiles that my life maintaines my will.
"His Aunswere To the Nimphs Song" by Bartholomew Young
The God of heav'n maintains his state,
Frowns on the proud, and scorns the great;
But from his throne descends to see
The sons of humble poverty.
"Psalm 138" by Isaac Watts
The God we serve maintains his throne
Above the clouds, beyond the skies;
Through all the earth his will is done;
He knows our groans, he hears our cries.
"Psalm 115" by Isaac Watts

In news:

They maintain first place in National League West, however.
The problems you are having with clutter are not so much about the stuff but more about you and your husband not agreeing on how to live together and maintain what you own.
Lois Goodman has maintained she did not kill her husband with a coffee mug.
If a piece of equipment or a system cannot be commissioned , it cannot be maintained.
Cat votes to maintain quarterly dividend of 46 cents per common stock share.
They help vitalize the American economy and maintain our traditions of hard work and patriotism.
Green Bay Packers WR Greg Jennings questions whether Detroit Lions can maintain composure for a full season.
"How those configurations are established and maintained requires a disciplined approach for providing adequate security," it adds.
Carolina Nurseries now belongs to a North Charleston industrial conglomerate that has no interest in maintaining it as a plant farm.
Plaintiffs say Guajardo maintained control over their cases and never revealed that he was ineligible to practice law.
Brazil Maintaining Tax Break on Consumer Goods, Mantega Says.
Brazil will maintain its reduction of the IPI tax on certain consumer goods, Finance Minister Guido Mantega said.
Norfolk City Council wants the state to maintain a moratorium on uranium mining to protect the city's water supply.
Millions A Year Hike 2,184-Mile Trail, Maintained By Network Of Volunteers.
On the new models, Apple has maintained the 9.7-inch screen of earlier iPads, while claiming the same battery life of up to 10 hours (nine hours on 4G).

In science:

In thermodynamic limit shifts δ (0) A(B) can be neglected but they are necessary to maintain the scaling at any finite volume.
Matter Correlations in Branched Polymers
In order to shorten simulation times we have truncated, but not shifted, the potential at r = 3.5σ , and maintained a neighbor list of particles within a radius of r = 5.0σ .
Phase Behavior of a Simple Model for Membrane Proteins
These fingerprints are maintained in O(1) time per step along the segment.
When Can You Fold a Map?
To find H quickly we maintain the number of mountain and valley creases for each row and column of creases.
When Can You Fold a Map?
We maintain these numbers as we make folds in H.
When Can You Fold a Map?