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Meaning of “maintenance” in the English Dictionary

"maintenance" in British English

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maintenancenoun [U]

uk   us   /ˈmeɪn.tɪ.nəns/
  • maintenance noun [U] (WORK)

B2 the ​workneeded 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 ​magazineofferstips on ​cuttingyourhouse maintenance ​costs.

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  • maintenance noun [U] (MONEY)

UK money that a ​person must ​payregularly by ​law in ​order to ​supporttheirchild or ​previousmarriagepartner after a divorce (= ​official end to a ​marriage): He ​refused to pay maintenance for his three ​children.
(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 ​customarypractices and ​ceremonies.
  • maintenance noun [U] (PRESERVING)

the ​workneeded 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   us   /ˈmeɪntənəns/
the ​activity of ​keeping a ​building, ​vehicle, road, etc. in good ​condition by ​checking it ​regularly and ​repairing it when necessary: Refineries typically ​scheduleyearly 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 ​fiscalyear. 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 ​inspectionwork.
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 ofsoundhealth and sanitary ​conditions at the ​factory.
FINANCE, LAW regularpayments 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 ​formerpartner.
(Definition of maintenance from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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