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maintains

verb
present tense third-person singular of 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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“Maintains.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/maintains. Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

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