Meaning of “maintenance” in the English Dictionary

"maintenance" in British English

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maintenancenoun [ U ]

uk /ˈmeɪn.tən.əns/ us /ˈmeɪn.tən.əns/

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.

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(Definition of “maintenance” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"maintenance" in American English

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maintenancenoun [ U ]

us /ˈmeɪn·tən·əns/

maintenance noun [ U ] (CONTINUING TO HAVE)

the process of keeping or continuing something:

The office is charged with the maintenance of customary practices and ceremonies.

maintenance noun [ U ] (PRESERVING)

the work needed to keep something in good condition:

Bridges require a lot of maintenance.

(Definition of “maintenance” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"maintenance" in Business English

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maintenancenoun [ U ]

uk /ˈmeɪntənəns/ us

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 maintenance
perform/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.

(Definition of “maintenance” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)