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Definitions of maintain

  1. state categorically Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. state or assert; "He maintained his innocence" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. of power or authority Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. observe correctly or closely; "The pianist kept time with the metronome"; "keep count"; "I cannot keep track of all my employees" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. maintain by writing regular records; "keep a diary"; "maintain a record"; "keep notes" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. support against an opponent; "The appellate court upheld the verdict" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  10. 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
  11. To keep possession of; to hold and defend; not to surrender or relinquish. Webster Dictionary DB
  12. To continue; not to suffer to cease or fail. Webster Dictionary DB
  13. To bear the expense of; to support; to keep up; to supply with what is needed. Webster Dictionary DB
  14. To affirm; to support or defend by argument. Webster Dictionary DB
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. To affirm, as a position: to assert. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  18. To affirm. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  19. To uphold; keep; keep up; support; affirm. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  20. To hold; keep; support; uphold; vindicate; make good. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  21. To assert; affirm. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  22. 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.
  23. To affirm a position; to assert. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  24. 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.
  25. To maintain an action or suit is to commence or institute it; the term imports the existence of a cause of action. Boutiller v. The Milwaukee, 8 Minn. 105, (Gil. 80, 81.) thelawdictionary.org
  26. men-t[=a]n', v.t. 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. to affirm, as a position: to assert.--adj. MAINTAIN'ABLE, that can be supported or defended.--ns. MAINTAIN'ER, one who maintains; MAIN'TENANCE, the act of maintaining, supporting, or defending: continuance: the means of support: defence, protection: (law) an interference in a lawsuit, &c., in favour of one of the parties, by one who has no right or interest.--CAP OF MAINTENANCE, a cap of dignity borne by or before nobles and other persons of rank. [Fr. maintenir--L. manu ten[=e]re, to hold in the hand--manus, a hand, ten[=e]re, to hold.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  27. Carry on, keep up, (war, contest, action at law, condition, position, attitude, relations, correspondence); cause (person &c.) to continue in (condition, possession of thing, &c.); support (life, one\'s state in life) by nourishment, expenditure, &c.; furnish (oneself, children) with means of subsistence; keep (road &c.) in repair; back up (cause, party); assert as true (opinion, statement, that). Hence maintainable a. [French] Concise Oxford Dictionary

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