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maintain

 
Verb maintain has 10 senses
  1. keep, maintain, hold - keep in a certain state, position, or activity; e.g., "keep clean"; "hold in place"; "She always held herself as a lady"; "The students keep me on my toes"
    Derived form: noun maintainer1
    Sample sentences:
    Something ----s something Adjective/Noun
    Somebody ----s somebody PP
    Somebody ----s something PP
  2. conserve, preserve, maintain, keep up - keep in safety and protect from harm, decay, loss, or destruction; "We preserve these archeological findings"; "The old lady could not keep up the building"; "children must be taught to conserve our national heritage"; "The museum curator conserved the ancient manuscripts"
    --2 is one way to keep
    Derived form: noun maintenance1
    Sample sentence:
    Somebody ----s something
  3. sustain, keep, maintain - supply with necessities and support; "She alone sustained her family"; "The money will sustain our good cause"; "There's little to earn and many to keep"
    --3 is one way to have, have got, hold
    Derived forms: noun maintenance2, noun maintenance4
    Sample sentences:
    Somebody ----s something
    Somebody ----s somebody
    Something ----s somebody
    Something ----s something
  4. assert, asseverate, maintain - state categorically
    --4 is one way to insist, take a firm stand
    Sample sentence:
    They maintain that there was a traffic accident
  5. wield, exert, maintain - of power or authority
    --5 is one way to have, have got, hold
    Sample sentence:
    Somebody ----s something
  6. keep, maintain - maintain for use and service; "I keep a car in the countryside"; "She keeps an apartment in Paris for her shopping trips"
    --6 is one way to have, have got, hold
    Sample sentence:
    Somebody ----s something
  7. keep, maintain - maintain by writing regular records; "keep a diary"; "maintain a record"; "keep notes"
    --7 is one way to record, enter, put down
    Sample sentence:
    Somebody ----s something
  8. maintain, defend - state or assert; "He maintained his innocence"
    --8 is one way to affirm
    Sample sentences:
    Somebody ----s something
    Somebody ----s that CLAUSE
  9. uphold, maintain - support against an opponent; "The appellate court upheld the verdict"
    --9 is one way to confirm, reassert
    Sample sentence:
    Somebody ----s something
  10. observe, keep, maintain - observe correctly or closely; "The pianist kept time with the metronome"; "keep count"; "I cannot keep track of all my employees"
    Sample sentence:
    Somebody ----s something
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