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maintain

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1 to keep in good condition
  • he repairs and maintains antique cars as a hobby

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2 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

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3 to pay the living expenses of
  • we simply cannot afford to maintain a horse

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4 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

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5 to state as a fact usually forcefully
  • he maintains that there is indeed hard evidence for extraterrestrial visitors

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maintain, assert, defend, vindicate, justify mean to uphold as true, right, just, or reasonable. maintain stresses firmness of conviction. steadfastly maintained his innocence assert suggests determination to make others accept one's claim. asserted her rights defend implies maintaining in the face of attack or criticism. defended his voting record vindicate implies successfully defending. his success vindicated our faith in him justify implies showing to be true, just, or valid by appeal to a standard or to precedent. the action was used to justify military intervention

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The first known use of maintain was in the 14th century

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“Maintain.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/maintain. Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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