Meaning of maintain

main•tain

Pronunciation: (mān-tān'), [key]
— v.t.
  1. to keep in existence or continuance; preserve; retain: to maintain good relations with neighboring countries.
  2. to keep in an appropriate condition, operation, or force; keep unimpaired: to maintain order; to maintain public highways.
  3. to keep in a specified state, position, etc.: to maintain a correct posture; to maintain good health.
  4. to affirm; assert; declare: He maintained that the country was going downhill.
  5. to support in speech or argument, as a statement or proposition.
  6. to keep or hold against attack: to maintain one's ground.
  7. to provide for the upkeep or support of; carry the expenses of: to maintain a family.
  8. to sustain or support: not enough water to maintain life.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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