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maintain (>Vietnamese)

v

1: 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" [syn: keep, hold]

2: 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" [syn: conserve, preserve, keep up]

3: 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" [syn: sustain, keep]

4: state categorically [syn: assert, asseverate]

5: of power or authority [syn: wield, exert]

6: maintain for use and service; "I keep a car in the countryside"; "She keeps an apartment in Paris for her shopping trips" [syn: keep]

7: maintain by writing regular records; "keep a diary"; "maintain a record"; "keep notes" [syn: keep]

8: state or assert; "He maintained his innocence" [syn: defend]

9: support against an opponent; "The appellate court upheld the verdict" [syn: uphold]

10: observe correctly or closely; "The pianist kept time with the metronome"; "keep count"; "I cannot keep track of all my employees" [syn: observe, keep]

Adjacent words: mainmast | mainsail | mainsheet | mainspring | mainstay | mainstream | mainstreamed | maintain | maintainable | maintained | maintainer | maintenance | maintenance man | maintenance staff | Maintenon | main-topmast

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