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Synonyms for maintain
meɪnˈteɪn

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. keep, maintain, hold(verb)

    keep in a certain state, position, or activity; e.g., "keep clean"

    "hold in place"; "She always held herself as a lady"; "The students keep me on my toes"

    Synonyms:
    accommodate, harbor, book, retain, conserve, moderate, view as, support, apply, hold back, harbour, take hold, exert, bind, hold on, hold up, entertain, continue, stay fresh, wield, take, have, concord, go along, check, make, give, go for, take for, throw, defy, control, go on, celebrate, hold open, keep, proceed, obligate, keep up, carry, observe, adjudge, have got, concur, nurse, assert, curb, defend, uphold, save, confine, preserve, prevent, arrest, restrain, declare, withstand, agree, deem, keep open, halt, keep on, asseverate, obtain, guard, oblige, contain, keep back, sustain, prevail, reserve, admit, hold, hold in, bear

  2. conserve, preserve, maintain, keep up(verb)

    keep in safety and protect from harm, decay, loss, or destruction

    "We preserve these archeological findings"; "The old lady could not keep up the building"; "children must be taught to conserve our national heritage"; "The museum curator conserved the ancient manuscripts"

    Synonyms:
    follow, asseverate, carry on, keep, conserve, economise, observe, economize, hold, husband, sustain, defend, assert, wield, uphold, keep up, keep abreast, exert, bear on, preserve, continue, save, prolong

  3. sustain, keep, maintain(verb)

    supply with necessities and support

    "She alone sustained her family"; "The money will sustain our good cause"; "There's little to earn and many to keep"

    Synonyms:
    retain, conserve, get, support, hold back, corroborate, exert, affirm, hold on, hold up, continue, stay fresh, wield, have, go along, defend, assert, celebrate, hold open, keep, proceed, nurture, keep up, observe, nourish, go on, hold, uphold, confirm, save, preserve, prevent, restrain, keep open, suffer, keep on, asseverate, prolong, keep back, sustain, substantiate

  4. assert, asseverate, maintain(verb)

    state categorically

    Synonyms:
    asseverate, affirm, keep, conserve, observe, wield, hold, sustain, aver, keep up, avow, defend, put forward, swan, swear, insist, exert, uphold, preserve, assert, verify

  5. wield, exert, maintain(verb)

    have and exercise

    "wield power and authority"

    Synonyms:
    asseverate, keep up, keep, conserve, observe, wield, hold, handle, manage, assert, defend, sustain, exert, uphold, preserve, exercise

  6. keep, maintain(verb)

    maintain for use and service

    "I keep a car in the countryside"; "She keeps an apartment in Paris for her shopping trips"

    Synonyms:
    go along, keep on, asseverate, go on, keep up, keep, restrain, hold back, observe, save, wield, hold, hold on, prevent, defend, assert, retain, conserve, uphold, keep back, sustain, keep open, celebrate, hold open, preserve, proceed, continue, stay fresh, exert

  7. keep, maintain(verb)

    maintain by writing regular records

    "keep a diary"; "maintain a record"; "keep notes"

    Synonyms:
    go along, keep on, asseverate, go on, keep up, keep, restrain, hold back, observe, save, wield, hold, hold on, prevent, defend, assert, retain, conserve, uphold, keep back, sustain, keep open, celebrate, hold open, preserve, proceed, continue, stay fresh, exert

  8. maintain, defend(verb)

    state or assert

    "He maintained his innocence"

    Synonyms:
    fight, asseverate, keep up, keep, conserve, champion, support, guard, wield, hold, sustain, defend, assert, oppose, fight back, fend for, fight down, observe, uphold, preserve, exert, represent

  9. uphold, maintain(verb)

    support against an opponent

    "The appellate court upheld the verdict"

    Synonyms:
    asseverate, carry on, keep, conserve, observe, wield, hold, sustain, defend, assert, bear on, keep up, exert, uphold, preserve, continue

  10. observe, keep, maintain(verb)

    stick to correctly or closely

    "The pianist kept time with the metronome"; "keep count"; "I cannot keep track of all my employees"

    Synonyms:
    detect, retain, hold open, asseverate, conserve, hold back, keep an eye on, exert, hold on, find, continue, stay fresh, wield, assert, notice, abide by, honor, keep, defend, remark, go on, celebrate, watch over, take note, proceed, keep up, go along, watch, follow, uphold, save, observe, prevent, restrain, honour, mention, keep open, keep on, preserve, respect, keep back, sustain, hold, discover, note

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. maintain

    To allege is formally to state as true or capable of proof, but without proving. To adduce, literally to lead to, is to bring the evidence up to what has been alleged. Adduce is a secondary word; nothing can be adduced in evidence till something has been stated or alleged, which the evidence is to sustain. An alleged fact stands open to question or doubt. To speak of an alleged document, an alleged will, an alleged crime, is either to question, or at least very carefully to refrain from admitting, that the document exists, that the will is genuine, or that the crime has been committed. Alleged is, however, respectful; to speak of the "so-called" will or deed, etc., would be to cast discredit upon the document, and imply that the speaker was ready to brand it as unquestionably spurious; alleged simply concedes nothing and leaves the question open. To produce is to bring forward, as, for instance, papers or persons. Adduce is not used of persons; of them we say introduce or produce. When an alleged criminal is brought to trial, the counsel on either side are accustomed to advance a theory, and adduce the strongest possible evidence in its support; they will produce documents and witnesses, cite precedents, assign reasons, introduce suggestions, offer pleas. The accused will usually assert his innocence. Compare STATE.

    Synonyms:
    adduce, advance, affirm, allege, assert, asseverate, assign, aver, cite, claim, declare, introduce, offer, plead, produce, say, state

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. maintain(v. a.)

    Synonyms:
    sustain, support, preserve, uphold, keep

  2. maintain(v. a.)

    Synonyms:
    defend, vindicate, assert, justify

  3. maintain(v. a.)

    Synonyms:
    continue, keep up, carry on

  4. maintain(v. a.)

    Synonyms:
    provide food for, supply with means of living

  5. maintain(v. n.)

    Synonyms:
    affirm, aver, allege, say, contend, hold the opinion, hazard the opinion

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. maintain(v)

    Synonyms:
    support, sustain, affirm, assert, contend, claim, conduct

How to pronounce maintain?

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How to say maintain in sign language?

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How to use maintain in a sentence?

  1. Seth Rosenfeld:

    Unfortunately, if other steelmakers gain in terms of higher prices thanks to consolidation, this may only provide them more headroom to maintain the status quo for years to come, this is an industry that has seen waves of consolidation in times of either extreme distress or empire building. This environment is neither.

  2. Deodatta V. Shenai-Khatkhate:

    Beauty, Elegance, Grace and Truth in the Universe don't lie outside, but are always inside - within the brilliance of our mind and the brightness in our heart. Always maintain it, rekindle it, and never let it fade away or die. The dichotomy of life is that we must seek Beauty, Elegance, Grace and Truth within first, so as to understand the outside that is often without.

  3. Harry Tchilinguirian:

    Will they maintain cuts or go deeper? If OPEC doesn't budge, we'll see a significant stock build in the first half.

  4. Midstates Petroleum:

    We have substantial debt obligations and may not be able to maintain adequate liquidity throughout 2016.

  5. Alexandra Myers:

    Every business has to reach a critical mass before needing the appropriate systems and staff in place to maintain control.


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    A synonym for "subterranean"
    • A. overhead
    • B. ulterior
    • C. surface
    • D. overt

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