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English definition of “maintain”


verb   /meɪnˈteɪn/
to make a situation or activity continue in the same way: The army has been brought in to maintain order in the region.
to keep a building or area in good condition: A large house is very expensive to maintain.
(Definition of maintain verb from the Webster's Essential Mini Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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