main|tain´a|ble

main|tain´a|ble
main|tain «mayn TAYN», transitive verb.
1. to keep; keep up; carry on: »

to maintain a business, to maintain one's health. One must maintain a footing in a tug of war. Policemen assist in maintaining order. Maintain your hold.

SYNONYM(S): continue, preserve.
2. to support; uphold: »

to maintain an opinion. He had a reputation to maintain.

SYNONYM(S): defend. See syn. under support. (Cf.support)
3. to bear the expenses of; provide for: »

He maintains his family.

4. to keep in repair supplied or equipped: »

This apartment house is maintained very well. He employs a mechanic to maintain his fleet of trucks.

5. to declare to be true: »

She maintained that war did not pay.

6. to assert against opposition; affirm: »

He maintains his innocence.

SYNONYM(S): contend.
7. to keep or hold against attack: »

to maintain one's ground.

[< Old French maintenir < Latin manū tenēre hold by the hand; manū, ablative of manus, -ūs hand]
main|tain´a|ble, adjective.
main|tain´er, noun.

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