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Definition of Maintain


  1. 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.
  2. To keep possession of; to hold and defend; not to surrender or relinquish.
  3. To continue; not to suffer to cease or fail.
  4. To bear the expense of; to support; to keep up; to supply with what is needed.
  5. To affirm; to support or defend by argument.

Maintain Quotations

We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love. There is some good in the worst of us and some evil in the best of us. When we discover this, we are less prone to hate our enemies.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

The darkest places in hell are reserved for those who maintain their neutrality in times of moral crisis.
Dante Alighieri

Constant development is the law of life, and a man who always tries to maintain his dogmas in order to appear consistent drives himself into a false position.
Mahatma Gandhi

Follow your dreams, work hard, practice and persevere. Make sure you eat a variety of foods, get plenty of exercise and maintain a healthy lifestyle.
Sasha Cohen

Appearance is something absolute, but reality is not that way - everything is interdependent, not absolute. So that view is very helpful to maintain a peace of mind because the main destroyer of a peaceful mind is anger.
Dalai Lama
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Maintain Translations

maintain in Afrikaans is bewaar, argumenteer
maintain in Danish is beholde
maintain in Dutch is vertogen, betogen, argumenteren
maintain in French is conserver, maintiennent, maintiens, maintenons
maintain in Italian is fiancheggiare, mantenere, ottengo
maintain in Latin is conservo, alo (alui altum), retineo, teneo
maintain in Portuguese is mantenha
maintain in Spanish is apoyar, conservar

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