Translation of maintain in Spanish:

maintain

Pronunciation: /meɪnˈteɪn/

transitive verb/verbo transitivo

  • 1 (continue, preserve) [speed/lead/attitude] mantener*; [silence] guardar if we maintain this rate, we shall finish by five o'clock si mantenemos este ritmo, a las cinco ya habremos terminado
  • 2 (keep in good condition) [house/garden/car/machine] ocuparse del mantenimiento de; [aircraft/database] mantener*
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    • 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.
  • 3 (provide for) [family/dependents] mantener*; [troops/army] mantener*; [project] costear
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    • 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.
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    • 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.
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    • 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.
  • 4 (claim) mantener*, sostener* she maintains (that) George is innocent mantiene or sostiene que George es inocente
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    • 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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Spain had three civil wars known as the guerras carlistas (1833-39, 1860, 1872-76). When Fernando VII died in 1833, he was succeeded not by his brother the Infante Don Carlos de Borbón, but by his daughter Isabel, under the regency of her mother María Cristina. This provoked a mainly northern-Spanish revolt, with local guerrillas pitted against the forces of the central government. The Carlist Wars were also a confrontation between conservative rural Catholic Spain, especially the Basque provinces and Aragón, led by the carlistas, and the progressive liberal urban middle classes allied with the army. Carlos died in 1855, but the carlistas, representing political and religious traditionalism, supported his descendants' claims until reconciliation in 1977 with King Juan Carlos.