Other forms: maintained; maintaining; maintains

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.

Definitions of maintain
  1. verb
    keep in a certain state, position, or activity; e.g., "keep clean"
    synonyms: hold, keep
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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
    keep constant through physical or chemical reactions or evolutionary change
    keep undisturbed for personal or private use for hunting, shooting, or fishing
    keep at a distance
    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
    cause to continue or prevail
    keep up, prolong, sustain
    lengthen or extend in duration or space
    preserve while making lifeless
  2. verb
    keep in safety and protect from harm, decay, loss, or destruction
    synonyms: conserve, keep up, preserve
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    preserve a dead body
    preserve (tissue) with plastics, as for teaching and research purposes
    hold the line
    hold the line on prices; keep the price of something constant
    remove the organs and dry out (a dead body) in order to preserve it
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    look after; be the keeper of; have charge of
  3. verb
    supply with necessities and support
    synonyms: keep, sustain
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    support by being a patron of
    maintain by seeding without human intervention
    keep up with financial support
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    have, have got, hold
    have or possess, either in a concrete or an abstract sense
  4. verb
    have and exercise
    synonyms: exert, wield
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    have, have got, hold
    have or possess, either in a concrete or an abstract sense
  5. verb
    stick to correctly or closely
    synonyms: keep, observe
  6. verb
    state or assert
    “He maintained his innocence”
    synonyms: defend
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    maintain, uphold, or defend
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    say yes to
  7. verb
    state categorically
    synonyms: assert, asseverate
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    allege, aver, say
    report or maintain
    predicate, proclaim
    affirm or declare as an attribute or quality of
    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
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    insist, take a firm stand
    be emphatic or resolute and refuse to budge
  8. verb
    maintain for use and service
    synonyms: keep
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    type of:
    have, have got, hold
    have or possess, either in a concrete or an abstract sense
  9. verb
    maintain by writing regular records
    maintain a record”
    synonyms: keep
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    enter, put down, record
    make a record of; set down in permanent form
  10. verb
    support against an opponent
    synonyms: uphold
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    justify, vindicate
    show to be right by providing justification or proof
    excuse, explain
    serve as a reason or cause or justification of
    show or affirm to be just and legitimate
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    confirm, reassert
    strengthen or make more firm




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