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maintain

EN[meɪnˈteɪn] [-eɪn]
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    Definition of maintain in English Dictionary

  • VerbSGmaintainsPRmaintainingPT, PPmaintainedSUF-ain
    1. OBS VT To support (someone), to back up or assist (someone) in an action.
      1. To keep up; to preserve; to uphold (a state, condition etc.).
        1. This time was most dreadful for Lilian. Thrown on her own resources and almost penniless, she maintained herself and paid the rent of a wretched room near the hospital by working as a charwoman, sempstress, anything. In a moment she had dropped to the level of a casual labourer.
      2. To declare or affirm (a clause) to be true; to assert.
        1. She maintains that the internet should face similar curbs to TV because young people are increasingly living online. "It's totally different, someone at Google watching the video from the comfort of their office in San Francisco to someone from a council house in London, where this video is happening right outside their front door."
    2. More Examples
      1. Used in the Middle of Sentence
        • The structure will house the United States Army signal corps office which maintains radio and cable communication between Alaska and the States
        • The cytoskeleton is a dynamic arrangement of actin filaments that maintain cell shape and are vital in mediating the mechanobiological response of the cell.
        • Is the hypofiltrating effect of acetazolamide maintained in the long-term?
      2. Used in the Ending of Sentence
        • Classrooms became larger, but the egg crate design was maintained.
        • Overoptimizing the source code of a computer program may yield insignificant performance gains while making it difficult to read and maintain.
    • Part-of-Speech Hierarchy
      1. Verbs
        • Transitive verbs
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