To keep up or carry on; continue
maintain good relations.
To keep in an existing state; preserve or retain
maintain one's composure.
To keep in a condition of good repair or efficiency
maintain two cars.
To provide for; support
maintain a family.
To keep in existence; sustain
enough food to maintain life.
To defend or hold against criticism or attack
maintained his stand on taxes.
To declare to be true; affirm
maintained her innocence.
To adhere or conform to; keep
maintain a busy schedule.
To support (someone), to back up or assist (someone) in an action.
To keep up; to preserve; to uphold (a state, condition etc.).
To declare or affirm (a clause) to be true; to assert.
keep in a certain state, position, or activity; e.g.,
hold in place
She always held herself as a lady
The students keep me on my toes
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
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
of power or authority
maintain for use and service;
I keep a car in the countryside
She keeps an apartment in Paris for her shopping trips
maintain by writing regular records;
keep a diary
maintain a record
state or assert;
He maintained his innocence
support against an opponent;
The appellate court upheld the verdict
observe correctly or closely;
The pianist kept time with the metronome
I cannot keep track of all my employees
To hold or keep in any particular state or condition; to support; to sustain; to uphold; to keep up; not to suffer to fail or decline; as, to maintain a certain degree of heat in a furnace; to maintain a fence or a railroad; to maintain the digestive process or powers of the stomach; to maintain the fertility of soil; to maintain present reputation.
To keep possession of; to hold and defend; not to surrender or relinquish.
God values . . . every one as he maintains his post.
To continue; not to suffer to cease or fail.
Maintain talk with the duke.
To bear the expense of; to support; to keep up; to supply with what is needed.
Glad, by his labor, to maintain his life.
What maintains one vice would bring up two children.
To affirm; to support or defend by argument.
It is hard to maintain the truth, but much harder to be maintained by it.