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mantener

Translation of mantener in English:

verbo transitivo/transitive verb

verbo pronominal/pronominal verb (mantenerse)

  • 1 (sustentarse económicamente) to support o maintain o keep oneself
  • 2 (en cierto estado, cierta situación) (+ complemento/+ complement) to keep se mantuvieron en primera división they kept their place o/or they stayed in the first division mantenerse en forma to keep in shape, to keep fit lo único que se mantiene en pie es la torre all that remains is the tower, only the tower is still standing se mantiene al día she keeps up to date siempre se mantuvo a distancia he always kept his distance se mantuvo en contacto con sus amigos de la infancia he kept in touch with o/or kept up with his childhood friends se mantuvo neutral en la disputa he remained neutral in the dispute
  • 3 (alimentarse) nos mantuvimos a base de latas we lived off tinned food se mantiene a base de vitaminas he lives on vitamin pills

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