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Overview of verb maintain

The verb maintain has 10 senses? (first 5 from tagged texts)
1. (41) keep, maintain, hold

(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")

2. (38) conserve, preserve, maintain, keep up

(keep in safety and protect from harm, decay, loss, or destruction; "We preserve these archeological findings"; "The old lady could not keep up the building"; "children must be taught to conserve our national heritage"; "The museum curator conserved the ancient manuscripts")

3. (13) sustain, keep, maintain

(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")

4. (8) assert, asseverate, maintain

(state categorically)

5. (4) wield, exert, maintain

(have and exercise; "wield power and authority")

6. keep, maintain

(maintain for use and service; "I keep a car in the countryside"; "She keeps an apartment in Paris for her shopping trips")

7. keep, maintain

(maintain by writing regular records; "keep a diary"; "maintain a record"; "keep notes")

8. maintain, defend

(state or assert; "He maintained his innocence")

9. uphold, maintain

(support against an opponent; "The appellate court upheld the verdict")

10. observe, keep, maintain

(stick to correctly or closely; "The pianist kept time with the metronome"; "keep count"; "I cannot keep track of all my employees") © 2001-2013, Demand Media, all rights reserved. The database is based on Word Net a lexical database for the English language. see disclaimer
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