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Meaning of maintenance

main•te•nance

Pronunciation: (mān'tu-nuns), [key]
— n.
  1. the act of maintaining.
  2. the state of being maintained: the maintenance of friendly relations with England.
  3. care or upkeep, as of machinery or property: With proper maintenance the car will last for many years.
  4. means of upkeep, support, or subsistence; livelihood: to provide a comfortable maintenance.
  5. alimony or child support.
  6. an officious meddling in a suit in which the meddler has no interest, by assisting either party with means to prosecute or defend it.
—adj.
  1. administered to sustain a desired physiological or mental condition: maintenance dose.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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