Maintain

Definition of Maintain

Main`tain
v. t.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.
[imp. & p. p. Maintained ; p. pr. & vb. n. Maintaining.]
2.To keep possession of; to hold and defend; not to surrender or relinquish.
God values . . . every one as he maintains his post.
- Grew.
3.To continue; not to suffer to cease or fail.
Maintain talk with the duke.
- Shak.
4.To bear the expense of; to support; to keep up; to supply with what is needed.
Glad, by his labor, to maintain his life.
- Stirling.
What maintains one vice would bring up two children.
- Franklin.
5.To affirm; to support or defend by argument.
It is hard to maintain the truth, but much harder to be maintained by it.
- South.

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