Textual thesaurus for "maintain"

(verb) observe, keep

stick to correctly or closely

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

(verb) uphold

support against an opponent

The appellate court upheld the verdict

(verb) assert, asseverate

state categorically

(verb) defend

state or assert

He maintained his innocence

(verb) keep

maintain by writing regular records

keep a diary; maintain a record; keep notes

(verb) sustain, keep

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

(verb) keep

maintain for use and service

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

(verb) exert, wield

have and exercise

wield power and authority

(verb) preserve, keep up, conserve

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

(verb) keep, hold

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