maintenance

If you make sure that your house or car or even a database stays in good working condition, you are keeping up on the maintenance.

Maintain, the verb related to the noun maintenance, comes from the Latin expression manu tenere meaning literally "hold in the hand," a fitting picture for this word. As well as the upkeep of machines, maintenance can be used with things that need sustaining. The maintenance of law and order is taken care of by the police. When a couple divorces, the husband is usually required to pay maintenance — financial support — to the wife.

Primary Meanings of maintenance

1.
n
activity involved in maintaining something in good working order
2.
n
the unauthorized interference in a legal action by a person having no interest in it (as by helping one party with money or otherwise to continue the action) so as to obstruct justice or promote unnecessary litigation or unsettle the peace of the community
Full Definitions of maintenance
1

n activity involved in maintaining something in good working order

Synonyms:
care, upkeep
Types:
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camera care
keeping a camera in good working order
car care
keeping a car in good working order
inspection and repair, overhaul, service
periodic maintenance on a car or machine
pump priming
introducing water into a pump to improve the seal and start the water flowing
scheduled maintenance
maintenance at a regularly scheduled time
steam fitting
care (installation and maintenance) of equipment for ventilating or heating or refrigerating
oil change
replacing dirty oil with clean
interim overhaul
an overhaul between the regular times for overhauling
Type of:
fix, fixing, fixture, mend, mending, repair, reparation
the act of putting something in working order again

n the act of sustaining life by food or providing a means of subsistence

Synonyms:
sustainment, sustenance, sustentation, upkeep
Type of:
support
the activity of providing for or maintaining by supplying with money or necessities

n court-ordered support paid by one spouse to another after they are separated

Synonyms:
alimony
Type of:
support payment
a payment made by one person for the support of another

n means of maintenance of a family or group

Type of:
bread and butter, keep, livelihood, living, support, sustenance
the financial means whereby one lives
2

n the unauthorized interference in a legal action by a person having no interest in it (as by helping one party with money or otherwise to continue the action) so as to obstruct justice or promote unnecessary litigation or unsettle the peace of the community

Synonyms:
criminal maintenance
Type of:
actus reus, misconduct, wrongdoing, wrongful conduct
activity that transgresses moral or civil law

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