1 keep sth at the same level
be anxious to, want to

We are anxious to maintain our close links with the police.

have to, need to
strive to, try to
help (to)
be able to
be difficult to

The government's position became increasingly difficult to maintain.


This pace cannot be maintained indefinitely.


They are looking to cut costs while simultaneously maintaining the existing levels of service.


He successfully maintained the financial health of the company.


The company has easily maintained its position as the leading brand in the money-transfer business.

generally, largely, normally, typically, usually

Commercial aircraft generally maintain cabin altitudes between 6 000 and 8 000 feet.

the duty to maintain sth, the need to maintain sth

He emphasized the need to maintain the status quo.

2 keep sth in good condition
carefully, properly, well

a poorly maintained central heating system

be difficult to
be easy to
be responsible for maintaining sth
Maintain is used with these nouns as the subject: ↑pressure
Maintain is used with these nouns as the object: ↑alignment, ↑alliance, ↑altitude, ↑anonymity, ↑appearance, ↑archive, ↑army, ↑association, ↑atmosphere, ↑attitude, ↑autonomy, ↑balance, ↑base, ↑blacklist, ↑blockade, ↑blog, ↑calm, ↑charade, ↑check, ↑coherence, ↑command, ↑communication, ↑composure, ↑confidence, ↑confidentiality, ↑connection, ↑consistency, ↑contact, ↑continuity, ↑control, ↑correspondence, ↑credibility, ↑culture, ↑custom, ↑database, ↑dignity, ↑discipline, ↑distance, ↑diversity, ↑dividend, ↑dominance, ↑domination, ↑edge, ↑effectiveness, ↑efficiency, ↑enthusiasm, ↑erection, ↑excellence, ↑existence, ↑facility, ↑fiction, ↑fidelity, ↑file, ↑fitness, ↑fleet, ↑flexibility, ↑flow, ↑focus, ↑foothold, ↑form, ↑formality, ↑freedom, ↑friendship, ↑garden, ↑grip, ↑growth, ↑harmony, ↑health, ↑height, ↑hierarchy, ↑highway, ↑hold, ↑house, ↑household, ↑humidity, ↑identity, ↑illusion, ↑image, ↑impartiality, ↑impression, ↑improvement, ↑independence, ↑individuality, ↑inequality, ↑initiative, ↑innocence, ↑insurance, ↑intake, ↑integrity, ↑interest, ↑lawn, ↑lead, ↑level, ↑liaison, ↑lifestyle, ↑link, ↑log, ↑machinery, ↑majority, ↑membership, ↑military, ↑momentum, ↑monopoly, ↑morale, ↑motivation, ↑myth, ↑network, ↑neutrality, ↑occupation, ↑order, ↑pace, ↑partnership, ↑patrol, ↑peace, ↑perspective, ↑popularity, ↑position, ↑posture, ↑practice, ↑presence, ↑pretence, ↑productivity, ↑profile, ↑profitability, ↑purity, ↑quality, ↑rate, ↑record, ↑regimen, ↑register, ↑regularity, ↑relation, ↑relationship, ↑reputation, ↑reserve, ↑residence, ↑rhythm, ↑rigour, ↑road, ↑sanity, ↑schedule, ↑secrecy, ↑semblance, ↑sense, ↑service, ↑shape, ↑silence, ↑site, ↑speed, ↑stability, ↑stance, ↑standard, ↑status, ↑status quo, ↑stock, ↑strength, ↑superiority, ↑supply, ↑supremacy, ↑system, ↑temperature, ↑tension, ↑tie, ↑tone, ↑tradition, ↑truce, ↑trust, ↑unity, ↑velocity, ↑veneer, ↑viability, ↑vigil, ↑vigilance, ↑vitality, ↑watch, ↑website, ↑weight

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  • maintain — main‧tain [meɪnˈteɪn, mən ] verb [transitive] 1. to make something continue in the same way or at the same high standard as before: • It is impossible to maintain exports at past levels. • To maintain sales growth, the company plans to unveil a… …   Financial and business terms

  • maintain — maintain, assert, defend, vindicate, justify are comparable when they mean to uphold as true, right, just, valid, or worthy of notice or acceptance in the face of opposition or indifference. Maintain implies a firmness of conviction. When this… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • maintain — I (carry on) verb adfirmare, confirmare, contendere, continue, follow up, go on, keep alive, keep going, keep on, keep up, perpetuate, persevere, persist, proceed with, prolong, pursue, shore up, stick to II (commence) verb activate, b …   Law dictionary

  • maintain — [mān tān′] vt. [ME mainteinen < OFr maintenir < ML manutenere < L manu tenere, to hold in the hand < manu, abl. of manus, hand + tenere, to hold: see MANUAL & TENANT] 1. to keep or keep up; continue in or with; carry on 2. a) to keep… …   English World dictionary

  • Maintain — Allgemeine Informationen Genre(s) Metalcore Gründung 1998 Website http://www.maintain …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • maintain — [v1] care for, keep up advance, carry on, conserve, continue, control, cultivate, finance, go on with, guard, keep, keep going, look after, manage, nurture, perpetuate, persevere, preserve, prolong, protect, provide, renew, repair, retain, save,… …   New thesaurus

  • maintain — (v.) mid 13c., to practice habitually, from Anglo Fr. meintenir (O.Fr. maintenir, 12c.) keep (a wife), sustain; persevere in, practice continually, from L. manu tenere hold in the hand, from manu, ablative of manus hand (see MANUAL (Cf. manual))… …   Etymology dictionary

  • maintain — ► VERB 1) cause or enable (a condition or state of affairs) to continue. 2) keep (a building, machine, etc.) in good condition by checking or repairing it regularly. 3) provide with necessities for life or existence. 4) assert to be the case.… …   English terms dictionary

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  • maintain — [[t]meɪnte͟ɪn[/t]] ♦♦ maintains, maintaining, maintained 1) VERB If you maintain something, you continue to have it, and do not let it stop or grow weaker. [V n] The Department maintains many close contacts with the chemical industry... [V n]… …   English dictionary

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