Definition of MAINTAIN

to keep in good condition <he repairs and maintains antique cars as a hobby>
to continue to declare to be true or proper despite opposition or objections <part of debating is learning to maintain your position in the face of harsh challenges>
Phrases stand up for, stick up for
to pay the living expenses of <we simply cannot afford to maintain a horse>
Synonyms keep, maintain, provide (for)
to state (something) as a reason in support of or against something under consideration <she continued to maintain that a sewing machine would end up paying for itself since she could make her own clothes>
to state as a fact usually forcefully <he maintains that there is indeed hard evidence for extraterrestrial visitors>
Antonyms deny, gainsay

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