maintenance

noun
main·​te·​nance | \ ˈmānt-nən(t)s How to pronounce maintenance (audio) , ˈmān-tə-nən(t)s\

Definition of maintenance

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 themselves— G. 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

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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
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Metro must make bus-service decisions early, because the agency needs nearly a full day to schedule bus drivers, remove chains and do other maintenance, said King County Executive Dow Constantine. Mike Lindblom, The Seattle Times, "Metro buses still on reduced snow schedules while slush brings new driving risks," 12 Feb. 2019 The rewards include cash back on fuel purchases, discounts on vehicle maintenance, and free 24/7 roadside assistance. Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge, "Uber will start rewarding high-performing drivers with better earnings and free college tuition," 1 Nov. 2018 The companies have come under fire for excessive rent hikes and fees, itchy eviction triggers, and shoddy maintenance, among other things. Jeff Andrews, Curbed, "A brand new single-family neighborhood, where every unit is a rental," 10 Sep. 2018 More frequent maintenance : Because a square foot garden is planted so densely, weeds are a huge pain to remove once their roots get established. Jean Nick, Good Housekeeping, "The Pros and Cons of Square Foot Gardening," 30 July 2018 Their parents bought them go-karts, paid for vehicle maintenance, and entered them in competitions across the country. Jacob Sweet, miamiherald, "His dream was to race cars. Now this Miami kid is building them for one of best F1 teams," 10 July 2018 Rozek said the work this year will extend the life of the roadway by providing timely repairs and maintenance, as well as shoulder, retaining wall and noise-wall repairs and guardrail, drainage and lighting improvements. Suzanne Baker, Naperville Sun, "Road and ramp repairs on I-88 between Naperville and Oak Brook start this week," 10 July 2018 Operating City Hall restrooms around the clock and seven days a week would cost about $375,000 the first year, mostly for additional security guards, janitors and maintenance, according to the report to be presented Tuesday. Cynthia Hubert, sacbee, "Homeless people lack bathrooms in Sacramento. Here's where they may get new facilities," 3 July 2018 Deferred maintenance, increasingly decrepit tracks and signals and cars, and filthy stations are knock-on effects. William Finnegan, The New Yorker, "Can Andy Byford Save the Subways?," 2 July 2018

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First Known Use of maintenance

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for maintenance

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

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maintenance

noun

English Language Learners Definition of maintenance

: the act of keeping property or equipment in good condition by making repairs, correcting problems, etc.
: the act of causing something to exist or continue without changing
: the act of providing support for someone or something

maintenance

noun
main·​te·​nance | \ ˈmān-tə-nəns How to pronounce maintenance (audio) \

Kids Definition of maintenance

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.

maintenance

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

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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maintenance

noun
main·​te·​nance

Legal Definition of maintenance

1a : 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 : alimony
b : support
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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