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maintenance

noun main·te·nance \ˈmānt-nən(t)s, ˈmān-tə-nən(t)s\

Definition of MAINTENANCE

1
:  the act of maintaining :  the state of being maintained :  support
2
:  something that maintains
3
:  the upkeep of property or equipment
4
:  an officious or unlawful intermeddling in a legal suit by assisting either party with means to carry it on
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Examples of MAINTENANCE

  1. The building has suffered from years of poor maintenance.
  2. the costs of routine car maintenance
  3. maintenance of law and order
  4. money for the family's maintenance
  5. Soon he could take an Underwood apart and put it together blindfolded, a trick that won him the account for maintenance of all the typewriters at Columbia-Presbyterian hospital … —Ian Frazier, Atlantic, November 1997

Origin of MAINTENANCE

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from maintenir (see maintain)
First Known Use: 14th century
MAINTENANCE Defined for Kids

maintenance

noun main·te·nance \ˈmān-tə-nəns\

Definition of MAINTENANCE for Kids

1
:  the act of keeping or providing for :  the state of being kept or provided for <One of government's jobs is the maintenance of law and order.> <We collected money for the family's maintenance.>
2
:  upkeep <Workers in charge of maintenance painted the building.>
Medical Dictionary

maintenance

adjective main·te·nance \ˈmānt-nən(t)s, -ən-ən(t)s\

Medical Definition of MAINTENANCE

:  designed or adequate to maintain a patient in a stable condition :  serving to maintain a gradual process of healing or to prevent a relapse <a maintenance dose> <maintenance chemotherapy>
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