maintain Definition

  • 1to keep something in good condition by checking or repairing it regularly
  • 2to continue to have or do something, and not allow it to stop or fail
  • 3to express firmly your belief that something is true

Using maintain: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "maintain" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    It's important to maintain a healthy diet and exercise regularly.

  • Example

    The company has struggled to maintain its profits this year.

  • Example

    He maintains his innocence despite the evidence against him.

  • Example

    She maintains a positive attitude even in difficult situations.

maintain Synonyms and Antonyms

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Antonyms for maintain

Phrases with maintain

  • to keep control over a situation or group of people


    The police were able to maintain control of the crowd during the protest.

  • to keep things the way they currently are, especially in a political or social context


    The government's policy is to maintain the status quo on immigration.

  • to avoid attracting attention to oneself, especially in a public setting


    The celebrity tried to maintain a low profile while visiting the city.

Origins of maintain

from Latin 'manu tenere', meaning 'hold in the hand'


Summary: maintain in Brief

To 'maintain' [meɪnˈteɪn] means to keep something in good condition, continue to have or do something, or express firmly your belief that something is true. Examples include maintaining a healthy lifestyle, maintaining profits, and maintaining one's innocence. Phrases like 'maintain control' and 'maintain the status quo' denote keeping things in order or unchanged. 'Maintain' is a formal word with synonyms like 'sustain' and 'uphold.'

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