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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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stand up for, stick up for

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3 to pay the living expenses of

  • we simply cannot afford to maintain a horse
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foot the bill (for), take care of

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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put forth

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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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