English Online Dictionary. What means maintain? What does maintain mean?
From Middle English mayntenen, from Old French maintenir, from Late Latin manūteneō, manūtenēre (“I support”), from Latin manū (“with the hand”) + teneō (“I hold”).
- IPA(key): /meɪnˈteɪn/, /mənˈteɪn/
- Rhymes: -eɪn
maintain (third-person singular simple present maintains, present participle maintaining, simple past and past participle maintained)
- (obsolete, transitive) To support (someone), to back up or assist (someone) in an action. [14th-19thc.]
- To keep up; to preserve; to uphold (a state, condition etc.). [from 14thc.]
- To declare or affirm (a clause) to be true; to assert. [from 15thc.]
- (to keep up): abandon