Synonyms and Antonyms of maintain

  1. 1 to keep in good condition <he repairs and maintains antique cars as a hobby> Synonyms conserve, keep up, preserve, save Related Words service; support, sustain; care (for), husband, manage; defend, guard, protect, safeguard, screen, shield; cure, fix, heal, remedy; mend, patch, rebuild, reconstruct, rehabilitate, rejuvenate, restore Near Antonyms disregard, ignore, neglect; break, damage, destroy, harm, hurt, impair, injure, ruin, wreck

  2. 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> Synonyms defend, justify, support, uphold Related Words advocate, champion, espouse; confirm, vindicate, warrant; affirm, assert, aver, avouch, avow, claim, contend, insist, plead, proclaim, profess, protest, state; argue, debate, discuss; emphasize, stress, underline, underscore Phrases stand up for, stick up for Near Antonyms abandon, abjure, forsake, recant, retract, take back, withdraw; reverse, switch; controvert, disprove, rebut, refute

  3. 3 to pay the living expenses of <we simply cannot afford to maintain a horse> Synonyms keep, support, provide (for)Related Words finance, fund, patronize, set up, sponsor, stake, underwrite

  4. 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> Synonyms assert, contend, argue, plead, reasonRelated Words adduce, cite, mention; claim, insist; affirm, aver, avouch, avow; advance, give, offer, propose, submit; advise, counsel, recommend, suggest, urge; convince, persuade; advocate, champion, defend, enforce, espouse, support; explain, justify, rationalize; consider, debate, discuss; confute, counter, disprove, rebut, refute

  5. 5 to state as a fact usually forcefully <he maintains that there is indeed hard evidence for extraterrestrial visitors> Synonyms affirm, allege, assert, aver, avouch, avow, contend, declare, insist, claim, profess, protest, purport, warrantRelated Words announce, broadcast, proclaim; argue, rationalize, reason; confirm, justify, vindicate; defend, persevere, support, uphold; reaffirm, reassertNear Antonyms abandon; disavow, disclaim, disown, negate, negative, reject, repudiate; challenge, dispute, question; confute, disprove, rebut, refute; contradict, counterAntonyms deny, gainsay

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