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MAINTA'IN, v.t. [L. manus and teneo.]

1. To hold, preserve or keep in any particular state or condition; to support; to sustain; not to suffer to fail or decline; as, to maintain a certain degree of heat in a furnace; to maintain the digestive process or powers of the stomach; to maintain the fertility of soil; to maintain present character or reputation.

2. To hold; to keep; not to lose or surrender; as, to maintain a place or post.

3. To continue; not to suffer to cease; as, to maintain a conversation.

4. To keep up; to uphold; to support the expense of; as, to maintain state or equipage.

What maintains one vice would bring up two children.

5. To support with food, clothing and other conveniences; as, to maintain a family by trade or labor.

6. To support by intellectual powers, or by force of reason; as, to maintain an argument.

7. To support; to defend; to vindicate; to justify; to prove to be just; as, to maintain one's right or cause.

8. To support by assertion or argument; to affirm.

In tragedy and satire, I maintain that this age and the last have excelled the ancients.



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MAINTA'IN, v.t. [L. manus and teneo.]

1. To hold, preserve or keep in any particular state or condition; to support; to sustain; not to suffer to fail or decline; as, to maintain a certain degree of heat in a furnace; to maintain the digestive process or powers of the stomach; to maintain the fertility of soil; to maintain present character or reputation.

2. To hold; to keep; not to lose or surrender; as, to maintain a place or post.

3. To continue; not to suffer to cease; as, to maintain a conversation.

4. To keep up; to uphold; to support the expense of; as, to maintain state or equipage.

What maintains one vice would bring up two children.

5. To support with food, clothing and other conveniences; as, to maintain a family by trade or labor.

6. To support by intellectual powers, or by force of reason; as, to maintain an argument.

7. To support; to defend; to vindicate; to justify; to prove to be just; as, to maintain one's right or cause.

8. To support by assertion or argument; to affirm.

In tragedy and satire, I maintain that this age and the last have excelled the ancients.

MAIN-TAIN, v.t. [Fr. maintenir; main, hand, and tenir, to hold; L. manus and teneo.]

  1. To hold, preserve or keep in any particular state or condition; to support; to sustain; not to suffer to fail or decline; as, to maintain a certain degree of heat in a furnace; to maintain the digestive process or powers of the stomach; to maintain the fertility of soil; to maintain present character or reputation.
  2. To hold; to keep; not to lose or surrender; as, to maintain a place or post.
  3. To continue; not to suffer to cease; as, to maintain a conversation.
  4. To keep up; to uphold; to support the expense of; as, to maintain state or equipage. What maintains one vice would bring up two children. Franklin.
  5. To support with food, clothing and other conveniences; as, to maintain a family by trade or labor.
  6. To support by intellectual powers, or by force of reason; as, to maintain an argument.
  7. To support; to defend; to vindicate, to justify; to prove to be just; as, to maintain one's right or cause.
  8. To support by assertion or argument; to affirm. In tragedy and satire, I maintain that this age and the last have excelled the ancients. Dryden.

Main*tain
  1. To hold or keep in any particular state or condition; to support; to sustain; to uphold; to keep up; not to suffer to fail or decline; as, to maintain a certain degree of heat in a furnace; to maintain a fence or a railroad; to maintain the digestive process or powers of the stomach; to maintain the fertility of soil; to maintain present reputation.
  2. To keep possession of; to hold and defend; not to surrender or relinquish.

    God values . . . every one as he maintains his post. Grew.

  3. To continue; not to suffer to cease or fail.

    Maintain talk with the duke. Shak.

  4. To bear the expense of; to support; to keep up; to supply with what is needed.

    Glad, by his labor, to maintain his life. Stirling.

    What maintains one vice would bring up two children. Franklin.

  5. To affirm; to support or defend by argument.

    It is hard to maintain the truth, but much harder to be maintained by it. South.

    Syn. -- To assert; vindicate; allege. See Assert.

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Maintain

MAINTA'IN, verb transitive [Latin manus and teneo.]

1. To hold, preserve or keep in any particular state or condition; to support; to sustain; not to suffer to fail or decline; as, to maintain a certain degree of heat in a furnace; to maintain the digestive process or powers of the stomach; to maintain the fertility of soil; to maintain present character or reputation.

2. To hold; to keep; not to lose or surrender; as, to maintain a place or post.

3. To continue; not to suffer to cease; as, to maintain a conversation.

4. To keep up; to uphold; to support the expense of; as, to maintain state or equipage.

What maintains one vice would bring up two children.

5. To support with food, clothing and other conveniences; as, to maintain a family by trade or labor.

6. To support by intellectual powers, or by force of reason; as, to maintain an argument.

7. To support; to defend; to vindicate; to justify; to prove to be just; as, to maintain one's right or cause.

8. To support by assertion or argument; to affirm.

In tragedy and satire, I maintain that this age and the last have excelled the ancients.

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