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maintain

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of maintain

  1. 1 to keep in good condition he repairs and maintains antique cars as a hobby Synonyms of maintain conserve, keep up, preserve, save Words Related to maintain 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 of maintain 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 of maintain defend, justify, support, uphold Words Related to maintain 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 of maintain 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 of maintain keep, support, provide (for)Words Related to maintain 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 of maintain assert, contend, argue, plead, reasonWords Related to maintain 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 of maintain affirm, allege, assert, aver, avouch, avow, contend, declare, insist, claim, profess, protest, purport, warrantWords Related to maintain announce, broadcast, proclaim; argue, rationalize, reason; confirm, justify, vindicate; defend, persevere, support, uphold; reaffirm, reassertNear Antonyms of maintain abandon; disavow, disclaim, disown, negate, negative, reject, repudiate; challenge, dispute, question; confute, disprove, rebut, refute; contradict, counterAntonyms of maintain deny, gainsay

Synonym Discussion of maintain

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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