Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of verb maintain

10 senses of maintain

Sense 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")

Sense 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")
       => keep -- (look after; be the keeper of; have charge of; "He keeps the shop when I am gone")

Sense 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")
       => have, have got, hold -- (have or possess, either in a concrete or an abstract sense; "She has $1,000 in the bank"; "He has got two beautiful daughters"; "She holds a Master's degree from Harvard")

Sense 4
assert, asseverate, maintain -- (state categorically)
       => insist, take a firm stand -- (be emphatic or resolute and refuse to budge; "I must insist!")

Sense 5
wield, exert, maintain -- (have and exercise; "wield power and authority")
       => have, have got, hold -- (have or possess, either in a concrete or an abstract sense; "She has $1,000 in the bank"; "He has got two beautiful daughters"; "She holds a Master's degree from Harvard")

Sense 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")
       => have, have got, hold -- (have or possess, either in a concrete or an abstract sense; "She has $1,000 in the bank"; "He has got two beautiful daughters"; "She holds a Master's degree from Harvard")

Sense 7
keep, maintain -- (maintain by writing regular records; "keep a diary"; "maintain a record"; "keep notes")
       => record, enter, put down -- (make a record of; set down in permanent form)

Sense 8
maintain, defend -- (state or assert; "He maintained his innocence")
       => affirm -- (say yes to)

Sense 9
uphold, maintain -- (support against an opponent; "The appellate court upheld the verdict")
       => confirm, reassert -- (strengthen or make more firm; "The witnesses confirmed the victim's account")

Sense 10
observe, keep, maintain -- (stick to correctly or closely; "The pianist kept time with the metronome"; "keep count"; "I cannot keep track of all my employees")

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