maintenance Meaning in Cambridge English Dictionary
Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

Meaning of "maintenance" - English Dictionary

See all translations

maintenancenoun [U]

uk   us   /ˈmeɪn.tɪ.nəns/

maintenance noun [U] (WORK)

B2 the work needed to keep a road, building, machine, etc. in good condition: Old houses need a lot of maintenance. There are thorough maintenance checks on each plane before take-off. The magazine offers tips on cutting your house maintenance costs.
More examples

maintenance noun [U] (MONEY)

UK money that a person must pay regularly by law in order to support their child or previous marriage partner after a divorce (= official end to a marriage): He refused to pay maintenance for his three children.

maintenance noun [U] (CONTINUED EXISTENCE)

a situation in which something continues to exist or is not allowed to become less: the maintenance of living standards
(Definition of maintenance from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of maintenance?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “maintenance” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day
sprint

a short and very fast race, such as the 100 metres, or the last part of a longer race that is run as fast as possible

Word of the Day

Are you a glass-half-full person? (Everyday Idioms)
Are you a glass-half-full person? (Everyday Idioms)
by Kate Woodford,
July 29, 2015
A reader of this blog recently asked for a post on idioms that are used in everyday English. This seemed like a reasonable request. After all, if you are going to make the effort to learn a set of English idioms, you want those idioms to be useful. The question, then, was

Read More 

exoskeleton noun
exoskeleton noun
July 27, 2015
a robotic device which goes around the legs and part of the body of a person who cannot walk and allows them to move independently and in an upright position The device, known as an exoskeleton, is strapped to the outside of a person’s limbs and can then be controlled by them.

Read More