Maintain is a pretty challenging word, but we're here to help you better understand it...with EXAMPLES!
When learning new words, it's important to see how they're used, or to see them in the different contexts in which they're often used, and that's just what we'll do to help you better understand maintain (and many other English words!). By seeing different ways you can use maintain in a sentence, as well as synonyms and antonyms of maintain, you will have a much better grasp on how it should be used, and you'll feel more confortable with using it much sooner.
Below you will find the definition of maintain, followed by 40 sample sentences (from real sources), gradually increasing in length.
(verb) - stick to correctly or closely
EXAMPLES - Maintain in a Sentence
- What I maintain is that this is no time for a change. (source)
- I hope NASA can maintain is current structure for the time being. (source)
- I mean, it's tough to "maintain" a majority that you don't actually have. (source)
- This, I maintain, is not a positive development; but it is also not a necessary one. (source)
- I can only maintain, that is, affirm as necessarily valid for every one, that which produces conviction. (source)
- For the necessary lobbying with the government firms from all over Spain maintain offices or agents in Madrid. (source)
- So can a game that replaces the story, setting, and core gameplay of the first title maintain its addictive charm? (source)
- Yet, with its rolling hills and ocean breeze, Watsonville, I maintain, is one of the prettiest spots in California. (source)
- Most have big old buildings to maintain, which is a heavy financial obligation, especially with historical buildings. (source)
- Oxford and Cambridge, but the spirit is essentially one with that of the ruder poet; and this spirit, I maintain, is English. (source)
- It's a different question if what you are actually trying to maintain is never ending ending growth and stock price increases. (source)
- Healthy grass requires fewer chemicals, less water and less work to maintain, which is for the good of the game and the environment. (source)
- It helps existing top producers and our top executives maintain, which is important, maintain their position, but grow their position. (source)
- + content, both men maintain, is the most important factor in ranking - the content must add enough value that users will want to link to it. (source)
- All I maintain is that you must remember, if the convoy system is to work properly, it must, like anything else in the world, have proper tools. (source)
- Mayor Richard Daly says every dollar the city saves from these measures "helps to save jobs and in the long term maintain services for Chicagoans." (source)
- But each of these methods requires a political group to win the sympathies of the broad masses, if it wishes over the long run to maintain is power. (source)
- But the statement dropped language saying the bank would "maintain" its accommodative policy going forward, suggesting it could raise rates in the near future. (source)
- However, it was a huge disappointment when stacked up against Through the Looking Glass, which I maintain is probably the greatest hour of television of all-time. (source)
- The problem with real fireplaces is that they take effort to clean and maintain, which is why alternative heating appliances are popular, such as electric fireplaces. (source)
- The new labels maintain a prominent image of Paul Newman as various amusing characters, festooned in a variety of thematic costumes that reflect assorted dressing flavors. (source)
- But business groups opposing the idea maintain it would shut out smaller businesses from competing for more than $500 billion a year in federal contracts and increase government (source)
- Respondents were also misguided on the benefits of VDI, with 80% saying it was easier to deploy and 70% believing it was easier to maintain, which is not the case, according to Casey. (source)
- President Obama's envoy to the summit, Attorney General Eric Holder, promised in a speech to the African leaders to "maintain" - but not increase - support for the AU's Somali mission. (source)
- But business groups opposing the idea maintain it would shut out smaller businesses from competing for more than $500billion a year in federal contracts and increase government procurement costs. (source)
- But business groups opposing the idea maintain it would shut out smaller businesses from competing for more than $500 billion a year in federal contracts and increase government procurement costs. (source)
- Sight had always been privileged among the senses for the cognitive distance it was thought to maintain from the object, and the space it therefore allowed for the mediating work of representation. (source)
- Its great to see a dance label maintain a strong visual identity, something that ALiVE has quickly established Tell us a little about the fantastic hand drawn cover artwork that appears every release (source)
- What I said, and will maintain, is that such treatment was humiliating and degrading; the Nazis made sure their prisoners knew who was in control, which is exactly the idea behind a treatment like that. (source)
- Most probably, some of the Russian archeologists will protest against the opinions I maintain, that is to say, the opinions of the Hindu archeologists, and will treat me as an ignoramus, outraging science. (source)
- They are easily deployable and easy to maintain, which is why they offer a good alternative for network operators who need to find ways to get more coverage to satisfy the increasing demand for more capacity. (source)
- The lightning rod immediately comes to mind: a simple yet costly device, somewhat dangerous to install and maintain, which is completely unnecessary for most homes, would likely not work anyway, and may even attract lightning. (source)
- What I did say and do maintain is that formerly all objects displaying specified complexity (and particularly that subset of symbolic information) were recognized in an uncontested way as obviously the artifacts of intelligent agency. (source)
- The 777 would be "considerably more expensive" to maintain, which is ironic given the GAO finding that the Air Force goofed on the life cycle costs of the Northrop offering, leading Boeing to hammer away at the long term costs of the Airbus plane. (source)
- Now, what I maintain is that there are certain peoples, who are either Anglo-Saxons or immediately associated with them in race, who have this peculiar progressive element in them-not in all the people, but in the average - and that the progressive are checked before going too far. (source)
- While the justices of the peace that ordered these jail terms maintain they are operating within the law, several attorneys, judges and state truancy experts agree that such long-term sentences violate the teens 'civil rights and may open up the county to millions of dollars in legal liability. (source)
- I recognize most of the folks from Booker Rising and I sincerely hope that you all will take advantage of the sort of environment I'm trying to maintain, which is one of collegiality and even though Nulan sucked his teeth about it which provoked in me quite a hot rage - a community of honest inquiry. (source)
- They are, generally, very poor people, with little employment, and paying heavy rents, with large families to maintain, which is enough to sink them to the earth, without the super-added weight of three bishops, two of whom are of no more necessity to that little society than a pair of double spectacles to a blind man. (source)
- Emancipation Proclamation, your victory was assured; for he then committed you to the cause of human liberty, against which the arms of man cannot prevail; while those of our statesmen who trusted to make slavery the cornerstone of the Confederacy doomed us to defeat as far as they could, committing us to a cause that reason could not defend or the sword maintain in the sight of advancing civilization. (source)
- We understand that when Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, your victory was assured, for he then committed you to the cause of human liberty, against which the arms of man cannot prevail -- while those of our statesmen who trusted to make slavery the corner-stone of the Confederacy doomed us to defeat as far as they could, committing us to a cause that reason could not defend or the sword maintain in sight of advancing civilization. (source)
The average Flesch reading-ease score of the 40 example sentences provided below is 48.0, which suggests that "maintain" is a difficult word that tends to be used by individuals of higher education, and is likely found in more advanced literature or in academia.
We have 29 synonyms for maintain.
advance, carry on, conserve, continue, control, cultivate, finance, go on with, guard, keep, keep going, look after, manage, nurture, perpetuate, persevere, preserve, prolong, protect, provide, renew, repair, retain, save, supply, support, sustain, take care of, uphold
We have 19 antonyms for maintain.
abandon, condemn, desert, destroy, discard, discontinue, finish, forget, give up, halt, hurt, ignore, let go, neglect, release, squander, stop, take, waste
PRONUNCIATION & SYLLABIFICATION
View up to 25 definitions of maintain from 5 different sources, as well as parts of speech.
from The American Heritage© Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- (verb-transitive) To keep up or carry on; continue: maintain good relations.
- (verb-transitive) To keep in an existing state; preserve or retain: maintain one's composure.
- (verb-transitive) To keep in a condition of good repair or efficiency: maintain two cars.
- (verb-transitive) To provide for; support: maintain a family.
- (verb-transitive) To keep in existence; sustain: enough food to maintain life.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- (verb-transitive) 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
- (verb-transitive) To keep possession of; to hold and defend; not to surrender or relinquish.
- (verb-transitive) To continue; not to suffer to cease or fail.
- (verb-transitive) To bear the expense of; to support; to keep up; to supply with what is needed.
- (verb-transitive) To affirm; to support or defend by argument.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- (None) To hold in an existing state or condition; keep in existence or continuance; preserve from lapse, decline, failure, or cessation; keep up: as, to maintain an upright attitude; to maintain a conversation.
- (None) To furnish means for the subsistence or existence of; sustain or assist with the means of livelihood; provide for; support: as, to maintain a family or an army; to maintain a costly equipage.
- (None) To hold fast; keep in possession; preserve from capture or loss: as, to maintain one's ground in battle or in argument; to maintain an advantage.
- (None) To give support or encouragement to; uphold; countenance; vindicate, as by defense or adjudication.
- (None) To uphold by argument or assertion; hold to: as, to maintain the doctrine of the Trinity.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- (verb) stick to correctly or closely
- (verb) have and exercise
- (verb) support against an opponent
- (verb) maintain by writing regular records
- (verb) keep in safety and protect from harm, decay, loss, or destruction