- 1Cause or enable (a condition or situation) to continue: the need to maintain close links between industry and schoolsMore example sentences
- It will try to ensure that the right conditions are maintained to stimulate continued growth in the sector.
- You are able to maintain stability in professional situations and retain a position of authority!
- Sino-Japanese cooperation will undoubtedly continue to aid in maintaining peace and stability in the Korean peninsula.
- 1.1Keep (something) at the same level or rate: agricultural prices will have to be maintainedMore example sentences
- ACT is opposed to maintaining income tax rates at their present level when the Government has nearly an $8 billion surplus.
- The rate of dextrose infusion needed to maintain stable blood glucose levels was monitored.
- The coliseum looks unbelievably real, and I can't believe the level of detail we were able to attain while maintaining a fast frame rate.
- 1.2Keep (a building, machine, or road) in good condition by checking or repairing it regularly: the Department for Transport is responsible for maintaining the main roads in EnglandMore example sentences
- He notes that the building is maintained in good condition.
- Neither side has the time or interest to maintain roads and buildings.
- In the meantime it would repair and maintain the crumbling buildings.
- 2Provide with necessities for life or existence: the allowance covers the basic costs of maintaining a childMore example sentences
- They were maintained under standard conditions and were fed standard food and water ad libitum.
- The horses were maintained on this diet throughout the study.
- Animals were maintained on a standard laboratory diet.
- 2.1Keep (a military unit) supplied with equipment and other requirements: an English garrison was maintained there in the seventeenth centuryMore example sentences
- However, like any military force today, maintaining a modern, well-equipped, and ready armed force is a challenge.
- Please let us know of your efforts to help train and maintain the Military Intelligence Corps.
- Each major political regime maintained its own separate military apparatus.
- 3 [reporting verb] State something strongly to be the case; assert: [with object]: he has always maintained his innocence [with clause]: he had persistently maintained that he would not stand against his old friendMore example sentences
- I have always maintained that all protests should be acted upon so a precedent and case study is set for the future.
- Third, the idea/expression distinction should be strongly and vigorously maintained.
- Mrs Gaskin maintains that her husband always had access to their two children who had visited him regularly in jail.
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- Such a decision would involve many factors: cost, maintainability, and consumer preference/branding issues, among others.
- It will entail improvements to self-defence and war-fighting capabilities and enhancement to the ship's reliability, maintainability, availability and supportability.
- Materials, including buff-colored brick, metal panels, glass and steel, create a positive visual impact and enhance the building's maintainability.
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- The JTR must be inherently reliable, maintainable, and deployable in order to minimize life cycle support costs.
- The AD - 64D Apache Longbow is the most lethal, survivable, deployable and maintainable multimission helicopter in the world.
- When this occurs, the TCP windows throttle back to reduce the data flow permissible to permit the TCP network to discover a new maintainable steady state.
Middle English (also in the sense 'practise an action habitually'): from Old French maintenir, from Latin manu tenere 'hold in the hand'.