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Definition of "maintenance" []

  • The act of maintaining or the state of being maintained. (noun)
  • The work of keeping something in proper condition; upkeep. (noun)
  • Provision of support or livelihood: took over the maintenance of her family. (noun)
  • Means of support or livelihood: was ordered to pay maintenance for both children. (noun)
  • Law The unlawful meddling in a suit by providing either party with the means to carry it on. (noun)
  • The act of maintaining or the state of being maintained (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • A means of support; livelihood (noun)
  • Of or relating to the maintaining of buildings, machinery, etc (noun)
  • (formerly unlawful) the interference in a legal action by a person having no interest in it, as by providing funds to continue the action (noun)
  • A provision ordered to be made by way of periodical payments or a lump sum, as after a divorce for a spouse (noun)
  • The correction or prevention of faults in hardware by a programme of inspection and the replacement of parts (noun)
  • The removal of existing faults and the modification of software in response to changes in specification or environment (noun)

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Use "maintenance" in a sentence
  • "I was making $16.21 an hour, because I did some networking on the inside with a family friend who told me what I would need to learn in order to become a maintenance person, or what they called a maintenance technician, which is really just a janitor, but laughs that's a good title for it."
  • "I ` m doing what they call maintenance chemo, a user-friendly chemo agent."
  • "The square open-air cloister, like many other areas of the church, had forgotten the meaning of the word maintenance."