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Definitions of maintain

  1. To affirm a position; to assert. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  2. To keep possession of; to hold and defend; not to surrender or relinquish. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. To continue; not to suffer to cease or fail. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. To bear the expense of; to support; to keep up; to supply with what is needed. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. To affirm; to support or defend by argument. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. To support or bear the expense of; sustain; to keep possession of; affirm and defend by argument; continue in or with; to keep up. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  7. To keep in any state: to keep possession of: to carry on: to keep up: to support: to make good: to support by argument: to affirm: to defend. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  8. To uphold; keep; keep up; support; affirm. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  9. To hold; keep; support; uphold; vindicate; make good. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  10. To affirm. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  11. state categorically Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  12. maintain by writing regular records; "keep a diary"; "maintain a record"; "keep notes" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  13. 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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  14. maintain for use and service; "I keep a car in the countryside"; "She keeps an apartment in Paris for her shopping trips" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  15. 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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  16. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  17. To assert; affirm. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  18. To hold, preserve, or keep in state; to hold; to keep up; to continue; to support; to defend; to vindicate; to support by assertion or argument. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  19. To hold or preserve in some particular state or condition; to defend; to vindicate; to support by argument; to justify; to support with food, clothing, &c.; to affirm or assert. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

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Usage examples for maintain

  1. Mary looked aside, but otherwise she was able to maintain her composure. – The Turmoil A Novel by Booth Tarkington
  2. It seemed as though there clung about it the pride and station of other days, a station that it was finding it hard to maintain in these. – The Further Adventures of Jimmie Dale by Frank L. Packard
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