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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

Successful people maintain a positive focus in life no matter what is going on around them. They stay focused on their past successes rather than their past failures, and on the next action steps they need to take to get them closer to the fulfillment of their goals rather than all the other distractions that life presents to them.
Jack Canfield

Understand, our police officers put their lives on the line for us every single day. They've got a tough job to do to maintain public safety and hold accountable those who break the law.
Barack Obama

Keep a cool head and maintain a low profile. Never take the lead - but aim to do something big.
Deng Xiaoping

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
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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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