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Maintain (third-person singular simple present Maintains, present participle Maintaining, simple past and past participle Maintained)

  1. (obsolete, transitive) To support (someone), to back up or assist (someone) in an action.
    • 1485, Thomas Malory, Le Morte Darthur, Book XV:
      he wente oute of hys ermytaige for to maynteyne his nevew ayenste the myghty erle.
  2. To keep up; to preserve (a state, condition etc.).
  3. To declare or affirm (a clause) to be true; to assert.

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Adverbs for Maintain

stubbornly; willfully; inexorably; unreservedly; automatically; gallantly; scrupulously; peremptorily; diabolically; resolutely; unblushingly; stoutly; intensely; ignorantly; vigorously; inflexibly; normally; agreeably; perpetually; progressively; jealously; adequately.


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From Anglo-Norman maintenir, Old French maintenir, from Late Latin manutenere (support), from Latin manū (with the hand) + tenēre (hold).