maintain

maintain
I
(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
v. t. support, carry; preserve, keep; possess, have; uphold, allege, affirm. See preservation, agency, retention, affirmation.
II
(Roget's IV) v.
1. [To uphold]
Syn. support, hold up, advance, keep; see support 2 , sustain 1 .
2. [To assert]
Syn. state, affirm, attest; see declare 1 , report 1 , say .
3. [To keep ready for use]
Syn. preserve, keep, conserve, repair, withhold, renew, cache, reserve, defer, hold back, have in store, keep on, care for, save, put away, set aside, store up, husband, keep for, keep prepared, lay aside, lay away, set by, keep on hand, keep in reserve, set apart, keep in condition, keep in readiness, keep up, keep aside, control, hold over, manage, direct, have, own, sustain, secure, stick to, stand by; see also prepare 1 .
Ant. waste*, neglect, consume.
4. [To continue]
Syn. carry on, persevere, keep up, keep on; see continue 1 .
5. [To support]
Syn. provide for, care for, take care of, keep; see support 5 , sustain 2 .
See Synonym Study at support .
III
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) v.
1. keep up look after, service, repair, mend, care for, take care of, sustain, preserve, conserve.
2. continue with carry on, prolong, keep, keep going, keep alive, sustain, perpetuate, support.
3. assert declare, hold, contend, state, claim, testify, affirm, insist, argue.
ANT.: 1. neglect, let go, destroy, ruin. 2. stop, quit, kill, end. 3. deny, disavow
IV
(Roget's Thesaurus II) verb 1. To persevere in some condition, action, or belief: keep, retain, stay with. See CONTINUE. 2. To keep in a condition of good repair, efficiency, or use: keep up, preserve, sustain. See KEEP. 3. To supply with the necessities of life: keep, provide for, support. Idiom: take care of. See CARE FOR. 4. To support against arguments, attack, or criticism: apologize, defend, justify, vindicate. Idioms: speak up for, stand up for, stick up for. See SUPPORT. 5. To put into words positively and with conviction: affirm, allege, argue, assert, asseverate, aver, avouch, avow, claim, contend, declare, hold, say, state. Idiom: have it. See AFFIRM.

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