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maintenance

noun [U] uk   /ˈmeɪn.tɪ.nəns/ us  

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.Costs and expenses

maintenance noun [U] (MONEY)

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.Costs and expensesEnding relationships and divorce

maintenance noun [U] (CONTINUED EXISTENCE)

a situation in which something continues to exist or is not allowed to become less: the maintenance of living standardsGiving, providing and supplying
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