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maintain

[meyn-teyn] /meɪnˈteɪn/
verb (used with object)
1.
to keep in existence or continuance; preserve; retain:
to maintain good relations with neighboring countries.
2.
to keep in an appropriate condition, operation, or force; keep unimpaired:
to maintain order; to maintain public highways.
3.
to keep in a specified state, position, etc.:
to maintain a correct posture; to maintain good health.
4.
to affirm; assert; declare:
He maintained that the country was going downhill.
5.
to support in speech or argument, as a statement or proposition.
6.
to keep or hold against attack:
to maintain one's ground.
7.
to provide for the upkeep or support of; carry the expenses of:
to maintain a family.
8.
to sustain or support:
not enough water to maintain life.
Origin of maintain
1200-1250
1200-50; Middle English mainteinen < Old French maintenirMedieval Latin manūtenēre, Latin manū tenēre literally, to hold in hand, equivalent to manū, ablative of manus hand (see manual) + tenēre to hold (see tenet)
Related forms
maintainable, adjective
maintainability, noun
maintainer, noun
premaintain, verb (used with object)
self-maintained, adjective
self-maintaining, adjective
undermaintain, verb (used with object)
undermaintained, adjective
unmaintainable, adjective
unmaintained, adjective
well-maintained, adjective
Synonyms
1. continue. 1, 2. keep up. 4. asseverate. Maintain, assert, aver, allege, hold, state all mean to express an opinion, judgment, or position. Maintain carries the implications of both firmness and persistence in declaring or supporting a conviction: She maintained her client's innocence even in the face of damaging evidence. Assert suggests assurance, confidence, and sometimes aggressiveness in the effort to persuade others to agree with or accept one's position: He asserted again and again the government's right to control the waterway. Aver, like assert, implies confident declaration and sometimes suggests a firmly positive or peremptory tone; in legal use aver means “to allege as fact”: to aver that the evidence is incontrovertible. Allege indicates a statement without evidence to support it, and thus can imply doubt as to the validity or accuracy of an assertion: The official is alleged to have been unaware of the crime. Hold means simply to have or express a conviction or belief: We hold these truths to be self-evident; She held that her rights had been violated. State usually suggests a declaration that is forthright and unambiguous: He stated his reasons in clear, simple language. 5. uphold, defend, vindicate, justify. 7. See support.
Antonyms
1. discontinue. 5. contradict.
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Examples from the Web for maintainer
Historical Examples
  • I am ignorant of Martin and his maintainer, but my conscience is my warrant, to care for neither.

  • But the maintainer was gone and the Void hadn't closed in, yet.

    The Big Time Fritz Reuter Leiber
  • They encompassed our eagle: Llewelyn the magnanimous hero, whose armour glistened; the maintainer of his rights.

  • I regarded my preserver with a higher feeling than a fond son may bear towards the mere author and maintainer of his existence.

  • War is sloth's maintainer, and the shield of pride; it makes many poor and few rich, and fewer wise.

    True to His Home Hezekiah Butterworth
  • The party which performed this service came into power as the maintainer of voluntary union.

    Thomas Jefferson Edward S. Ellis et. al.
  • Any person proved to be a maintainer or embracer shall forfeit 400s.

  • We'd got dry, were feeling human, Illy here had shed his swimsuit, when we looked at the maintainer.

    The Big Time Fritz Reuter Leiber
  • The weight applied as a maintainer at first had a fly, most probably similar to that of a kitchen-jack.

    Time and Time-Tellers James W. Benson
  • If we could have, we'd have even Introverted the maintainer, broken all the ties that bind us, chanced it incommunicado.

    The Big Time Fritz Reuter Leiber
British Dictionary definitions for maintainer

maintain

/meɪnˈteɪn/
verb (transitive)
1.
to continue or retain; keep in existence
2.
to keep in proper or good condition: to maintain a building
3.
to support a style of living: the money maintained us for a month
4.
(takes a clause as object) to state or assert: he maintained that Talbot was wrong
5.
to defend against contradiction; uphold: she maintained her innocence
6.
to defend against physical attack
Derived Forms
maintainable, adjective
maintainer, noun
Word Origin
C13: from Old French maintenir, ultimately from Latin manū tenēre to hold in the hand
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Word Origin and History for maintainer

maintain

v.

mid-13c., "to practice habitually," from Anglo-French meintenir (Old French maintenir, 12c.) "keep (a wife), sustain; persevere in, practice continually," from Latin manu tenere "hold in the hand," from manu, ablative of manus "hand" (see manual) + tenere "to hold" (see tenet). Meaning "to carry on, keep up" is from mid-14c.; that of "to keep oneself, to support" is from late 14c. Sense of "to defend in speech" is from mid-14c. Related: Maintained; maintaining; maintains.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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maintainer in Medicine

maintainer main·tain·er (mān-tā'nər)
n.
A device used to hold or keep teeth in a given position.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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Slang definitions & phrases for maintainer

machisma

noun

The female counterpart of machismo: Machisma, Women, and Daring (1970s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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maintainer in Technology

software
The person responsible for coordinating changes to a package of software and arranging the distribution of updates. The term usually applies only to free software where the maintainer (often the author) is doing it as a free public service.
(2001-01-27)

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010 http://foldoc.org
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