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Maintain is sometimes a misspelling of mountainous.

The word maintain and its family (maintained, maintaining, maintains, maintenance) are included in the Academic Word List by Dr. Averil Coxhead, which contains the 570 most frequent word families used in academic texts from a variety of subject areas, of interest for students that learn the words most needed to study at tertiary institutions.

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Definition of the verb maintain

What does maintain mean as a doing word?

Maintain is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.

verb - inflections: maintained | maintaining | maintains

  1. cause to continue in a certain state, position, or activity; e.g., `keep clean'
    • lexical domain: Stative - verbs of being, having, spatial relations
    • synonyms of maintain: hold / keep
    • more specific terms:
  2. keep in safety and protect from harm, decay, loss, or destruction
    • lexical domain: Possession - verbs of buying, selling, owning
    • synonyms of maintain: conserve / keep up / preserve
    • more generic word: keep = look after; be the keeper of
    • more specific terms:
      • embalm = preserve a dead body
      • plastinate = preserve (tissue) with plastics, as for teaching and research purposes
      • hold the line = hold the line on prices
  3. supply with necessities and support
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme]They maintained a strong government
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme] through [Instrument, arbitrary control with -ing]They maintained a strong government through ruthlessly crushing opponents
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme] through [Instrument, not sentential clause]I maintained a strong government through ruthless domination

      Aspectual Verbs (with the same syntax): carry on, continue, keep, keep up, prolong, protract, sustain.

    • lexical domain: Consumption - verbs of eating and drinking
    • synonyms of maintain: keep / sustain
    • more generic terms: have / have got / hold = have or possess, either in a concrete or an abstract sense
    • more specific words:
      • patronage = support by being a patron of
      • reseed = maintain by seeding without human intervention
      • carry = keep up with financial support
  4. state categorically
    • example: They maintain that there was a traffic accident
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme] to be [Predicate]He asserts himself to be the world's foremost authority
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme, that-complement clause]The prisoner admitted that he may have been in the area
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme, not sentential clause]The prisoner admitted his guilt

      Verbs with Predicative Complements (with the same syntax): admit, affirm, assert, attest, aver, avouch, avow, claim, confirm, contend, discover, grant, guarantee, observe, reaffirm, show.

    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
    • synonyms of maintain: assert / asseverate
    • more generic terms: insist / take a firm stand = be emphatic or resolute and refuse to budge
    • more specific words:
  5. have and exercise
    • lexical domain: Possession - verbs of buying, selling, owning
    • synonyms of maintain: exert / wield
    • more generic terms: have / have got / hold = have or possess, either in a concrete or an abstract sense
  6. maintain for use and service
    • lexical domain: Possession - verbs of buying, selling, owning
    • synonym of maintain: keep
    • more generic terms: have / have got / hold = have or possess, either in a concrete or an abstract sense
  7. maintain by writing regular records
    • example: maintain a record
    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
    • synonym of maintain: keep
    • more generic terms: enter / put down / record = make a record of
  8. state or assert
    • example: He maintained his innocence
    • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 4
    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
    • synonym of maintain: defend
    • more generic word: affirm = say yes to
    • more specific word: vindicate = maintain, uphold, or defend
  9. support against an opponent
    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
    • synonym of maintain: uphold
    • more generic words: confirm / reassert = strengthen or make more firm
    • more specific words: vindicate / justify = show to be right by providing justification or proof
  10. stick to correctly or closely
    • lexical domain: Cognition - verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting
    • synonyms of maintain: keep / observe

Alternative definition of the verb maintain


  1. [obsolete, transitive] To support (someone), to back up or assist (someone) in an action. [definition 14th-19th c.]
  2. To keep up; to preserve (a state, condition etc.). [definition from 14th c.]
  3. To declare or affirm (a clause) to be true; to assert. [definition from 15th c.]


Maintain ist eine Metalcoreband aus dem norddeutschen Raum und besteht seit 1998. Am 12. September 2005 wurde ihr Debütalbum bei Swell Creek Records veröffentlicht. Sie waren 2007 mit Deadlock Vorband bei der Armamentarium Tour der deutschen Band Neaera. 2008 spielte die Band eine Tour mit As I Lay Dying und mit Killswitch Engage. Am 10. Oktober 2008 feiert sie ihr 10-jähriges Bestehen in Schneverdingen zusammen mit Maroon. Seit einem Jahr gibt es ein Streetteam.

  • albums: "Reveal Our Disguise to an Infinite Abyss", "With a Vengeance", "Lifetimes"
  • official website:


Who is Maintain?

MainTain a.k.a. Marcus Hooten is a basketball player.


  1. "Maintain" is a musical single of Computer Jay.
    • released on (4 years ago)
  2. "Maintain" is a musical single of Anthony Scott MacKinnon.
    • released in (15 years ago)
  3. "Maintain" is a composition.


Maintain is a tool used for managing DHCP and DNS. It was developed at the Open Source Lab at Oregon State University. There is also a demonstration that anyone can use on their website.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Maintain

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Google previewAsceticism (2002)

by Vincent L. Wimbush, Richard Valantasis

And the self individuals seek to maintain is an overgrown, overemphasized, bloated self. Self-shrinkage in this context is the process of easing this burden or totally escaping from it.3 Prior to modern individualism and its individualistic thrust, ...

Google previewThe Cinema of Raúl Ruiz (2013)

Impossible Cartographies by Michael Goddard

but for now the key element to maintain is the focus on the polyphony ...

Google previewPersonal Finance: An Encyclopedia of Modern Money Management (2015)

An Encyclopedia of Modern Money Management by Barbara Friedberg

It includes 12 regions and was created to maintain a stable monetary and financial system. The Federal ...

Google previewBailliere's Nurses' Dictionary - E-Book (2014)

for Nurses and Healthcare Workers by Barbara F. Weller

Maintain Clear Professional Boundaries • You must refuse any gifts, favours or hospitality that might be interpreted as an attempt to gain preferential treatment. • You must not ask for or accept loans from anyone in your care or anyone close to ...

Google previewHistorical Dictionary of Canada (2010)

by Barry M. Gough

With a diverse people spread over vast areas, Canada today is a country struggling to maintain its national identity because of the looming shadow of the world's preeminent power, the United States. At the same time, ethnic divisions continue ...

Google previewThe Encyclopaedia of Pleading and Practice (1903)

Under the Codes and Practice Acts, at Common Law, in Equity and in Criminal Cases

suit be brought by the party injured, * * * the widow of any such deceased person * * * may maintain an action for and recover damages for the death thus occasioned." Kansas — Nonresident Widow Suing as Representative. — In Atchison ...

Google previewThe American and English Encyclopedia of Law (1890)

MAINTAIN — ED — ING. — To keep up ; sustain ; preserve ; to hold or keep in any particular state or condition ;2 used as a verb, it does not mean to provide or construct. MAINTENANCE— See Champerty and Maintenance; Husband and Wife ...

Google previewComprehensive Dictionary of Electrical Engineering (1999)

by Phillip A. Laplante

automatic allocation maintain active power balance by means of the speed governor system.

automatic black-level control electronic circuitry used to maintain the black levels of the video signal at a predetermined level.

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Usage statistics about maintain

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Small gifts maintain friendship, big ones maintain love.
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Scrabble value of M3A1I1N1T1A1I1N1

The value of this 8-letter word is 10 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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