maintenance

noun

main·​te·​nance ˈmānt-nən(t)s How to pronounce maintenance (audio)
ˈmān-tə-nən(t)s
1
: the act of maintaining : the state of being maintained : support
The building has suffered from years of poor maintenance.
2
: something that maintains
at least half of them are living parasitically on the other half instead of producing maintenance for themselvesG. B. Shaw
3
: the upkeep of property or equipment
the maintenance of the school
4
: an officious or unlawful intermeddling in a legal suit by assisting either party with means to carry it on

Examples of maintenance in a Sentence

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
The building has suffered from years of poor maintenance. the costs of routine car maintenance maintenance of law and order money for the family's maintenance
Recent Examples on the Web Safety protocols and maintenance procedures are expected to be reviewed and possibly revised based on the investigation's findings. David Faris, Newsweek, 10 July 2024 That leads to more frequent road closures and costs associated with repainting or, without maintenance, a total lack of lines and other road markings. Luke Fountain, Charlotte Observer, 10 July 2024 Under state law, funds generated from the sale of Migratory Bird Conservation Stamps can only be used for the development, management, preservation, conservation, acquisition, purchase, and maintenance of waterfowl habitat and wetlands, according to DEEP. Staff Report, Hartford Courant, 8 July 2024 These are still vital maintenance procedures to keep your vehicle in nice shape. Ella Gonzales, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 8 July 2024 See all Example Sentences for maintenance 

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Word History

Etymology

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from maintenir — see maintain

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of maintenance was in the 14th century

Dictionary Entries Near maintenance

Cite this Entry

“Maintenance.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/maintenance. Accessed 21 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

maintenance

noun
main·​te·​nance ˈmānt-nən(t)s How to pronounce maintenance (audio)
-ᵊn-ən(t)s
1
: the act of maintaining : the state of being maintained
maintenance of law and order
money for the family's maintenance
2
: something that maintains
3
: the care of property or equipment
workers in charge of maintenance

Medical Definition

maintenance

adjective
main·​te·​nance ˈmānt-nən(t)s, -ᵊn-ən(t)s How to pronounce maintenance (audio)
: 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

Legal Definition

maintenance

noun
main·​te·​nance
1
a
: the act of providing basic and necessary support
b
: the state of having such support
2
: a financial means of providing necessary assistance: as
a
b
3
: the necessities of life provided for by payment of maintenance
4
: the upkeep of property or equipment
5
: unsought and unnecessary meddling in a lawsuit by assisting either party with means to carry it on compare champerty

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