maintain

Maintain means to keep the same––keep steady, keep up, or keep going. Sure, you can ride your bike super fast on a flat surface, but it can be hard to maintain that speed, or keep the same speed, going up a hill.

When you maintain a strict study schedule, you stick to it. When you maintain your car in good working order, you take good care of it. If you maintain records of your business activity, it means you make notes of your sales and expenses. If a teacher maintains order in the classroom, she never lets disruptions get out of hand. If you maintain your family, you keep them in food, shelter and clothing. If you maintain that eating animals is cruel, you keep that position.

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: maintain

1
v
keep in a certain state, position, or activity; e.g., "keep clean"
2
v
state or assert
3
v
maintain for use and service
4
v
support against an opponent
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: maintain
1

v keep in a certain state, position, or activity; e.g., "keep clean"

Synonyms:
hold, keep
Types:
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pressurise, pressurize
maintain a certain pressure
bear on, carry on, continue, preserve, uphold
keep or maintain in unaltered condition; cause to remain or last
hold over
keep in a position or state from an earlier period of time
conserve
keep constant through physical or chemical reactions or evolutionary change
preserve
keep undisturbed for personal or private use for hunting, shooting, or fishing
distance
keep at a distance
housekeep
maintain a household; take care of all business related to a household
re-start, restart, resume
take up or begin anew
hang in, hang on, hold on, persevere, persist
be persistent, refuse to stop
perpetuate
cause to continue or prevail
keep up, prolong, sustain
lengthen or extend in duration or space
mummify
preserve while making lifeless

v keep in safety and protect from harm, decay, loss, or destruction

Synonyms:
conserve, keep up, preserve
Types:
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embalm
preserve a dead body
plastinate
preserve (tissue) with plastics, as for teaching and research purposes
hold the line
hold the line on prices; keep the price of something constant
mummify
remove the organs and dry out (a dead body) in order to preserve it
Type of:
keep
look after; be the keeper of; have charge of

v supply with necessities and support

Synonyms:
keep, sustain
Types:
patronage
support by being a patron of
reseed
maintain by seeding without human intervention
carry
keep up with financial support
Type of:
have, have got, hold
have or possess, either in a concrete or an abstract sense

v have and exercise

Synonyms:
exert, wield
Type of:
have, have got, hold
have or possess, either in a concrete or an abstract sense

v stick to correctly or closely

Synonyms:
keep, observe
2

v state or assert

“He maintained his innocence”
Synonyms:
defend
Types:
vindicate
maintain, uphold, or defend
Type of:
affirm
say yes to

v state categorically

Synonyms:
assert, asseverate
Types:
allege, aver, say
report or maintain
predicate, proclaim
affirm or declare as an attribute or quality of
plead
make an allegation in an action or other legal proceeding, especially answer the previous pleading of the other party by denying facts therein stated or by alleging new facts
Type of:
insist, take a firm stand
be emphatic or resolute and refuse to budge
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v maintain for use and service

Synonyms:
keep
Type of:
have, have got, hold
have or possess, either in a concrete or an abstract sense

v maintain by writing regular records

maintain a record”
Synonyms:
keep
Type of:
enter, put down, record
make a record of; set down in permanent form
4

v support against an opponent

Synonyms:
uphold
Types:
justify, vindicate
show to be right by providing justification or proof
excuse, explain
serve as a reason or cause or justification of
legitimate
show or affirm to be just and legitimate
Type of:
confirm, reassert
strengthen or make more firm
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