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English definition of “maintain”

maintain

verb [T] (CONTINUE TO HAVE)    /meɪnˈteɪn/
B2 to continue to have; to keep in existence , or not allow to become less: The army has been brought in to maintain order in the region . We have standards to maintain. Despite living in different countries , the two families have maintained close links . The film has maintained its position as the critics ' favourite for another year .Keeping and storing things
(Definition of maintain verb (CONTINUE TO HAVE) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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