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maintenance

noun [U]     /ˈmeɪntənəns/
the activity of keeping a building , vehicle , road , etc. in good condition by checking it regularly and repairing it when necessary : Refineries typically schedule yearly maintenance. Components necessary for the maintenance of our fleet of helicopters often have to be ordered from abroad . The city budget for street repair and maintenance was cut for this fiscal year . maintenance work / services / procedures maintenance contracts / costs maintenance workers / staff / crew rail / road / building maintenanceperform/provide/carry out maintenance We have a large team of IT staff who provide ongoing system and applications maintenance.bad/poor/routine maintenance A leak in the pipeline was discovered during routine maintenance and inspection work .
the process of making sure that something continues in the same way or at the same level : Authorities consider these measures to be necessary for the maintenance of sound health and sanitary conditions at the factory .
FINANCE, LAW regular payments that a person must make by law in order to support their child or previous marriage partner , for example after a divorce : She continues to receive maintenance payments from her former partner . → See also resale price maintenance, total productive maintenance
(Definition of maintenance noun from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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