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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
        • Conditions are derived under which the formation maintains stability and the desired intercar spacing for each of these traffic events.
        • The structure will house the United States Army signal corps office which maintains radio and cable communication between Alaska and the States
        • After the war, he studied engineering at the University of Washington , and maintained his friendship with a former squadronmate, George H.W. Bush .
      2. Used in the Ending of Sentence
        • Overoptimizing the source code of a computer program may yield insignificant performance gains while making it difficult to read and maintain.
        • Classrooms became larger, but the egg crate design was maintained.
    • Part-of-Speech Hierarchy
      1. Verbs
        • Transitive verbs
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