maintain
transitive verb Etymology: Middle English mainteinen, from Anglo-French maintenir, maynteiner, from Medieval Latin manutenēre, from Latin manu tenēre to hold in the hand Date: 14th century 1. to keep in an existing state (as of repair, efficiency, or validity) ; preserve from failure or decline <
maintain machinery
>
2. to sustain against opposition or danger ; uphold and defend <
maintain a position
>
3. to continue or persevere in ; carry on, keep up <
couldn't maintain his composure
>
4. a. to support or provide for <
has a family to maintain
>
b. sustain <
enough food to maintain life
>
5. to affirm in or as if in argument ; assert <
maintained that the earth is flat
>
maintainability nounmaintainable adjectivemaintainer noun Synonyms: maintain, assert, defend, vindicate, justify mean to uphold as true, right, just, or reasonable. maintain stresses firmness of conviction <
steadfastly maintained his innocence
>
. assert suggests determination to make others accept one's claim <
asserted her rights
>
. defend implies maintaining in the face of attack or criticism <
defended his voting record
>
. vindicate implies successfully defending <
his success vindicated our faith in him
>
. justify implies showing to be true, just, or valid by appeal to a standard or to precedent <
the action was used to justify military intervention
>
.

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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