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verb maintain pronunciation in American English /meɪnˈteɪn/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlemaintaining
past tensemaintained
past participlemaintained
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  1. 1
    [transitive] to make something stay the same
    Maintaining your current weight through exercise and healthy eating is important.
    It’s sometimes hard to maintain the right balance between your work and your home life.
    maintain stability/continuity/the status quo: the problem of maintaining social stability in a period of great economic change
    1. a.
      to continue to communicate with someone and not allow a relationship to end
      maintain contact/relations/links: Though now in government, he has maintained close contact with his former colleagues in the oil industry.
    2. b.
      to make sure that something stays at the same level, rate, or standard
      Some schools experienced difficulty in maintaining staffing levels.
      Regular inspections ensure that high safety standards are maintained.
  2. 2
    [transitive] to make regular repairs to a building, road, vehicle, etc. so that it stays in good condition
    a lovingly maintained houseboat
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  3. 3
    [transitive] to continue to say that something is true, even if other people do not believe you
    The missile system, Bush maintains, will protect the U.S. against so-called rogue states.
    maintain (that): The company still maintains that the drug is safe.
    maintain your innocence: She maintained her innocence throughout the trial.
  4. 4
    [transitive] to provide someone with the money and other things that they need in order to live
    He was barely earning enough to maintain himself.


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