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maintain verb

1 keep sth at the same level

VERB + MAINTAIN be anxious to, want to We are anxious to maintain our close links with the police. | have to, need to | strive to, try to | help (to) | be able to | be difficult to The government's position became increasingly difficult to maintain.

PHRASES the duty/need to maintain sth He emphasized the need to maintain the status quo.

2 keep sth in good condition

ADV. properly, well | poorly a poorly maintained central heating system

VERB + MAINTAIN be difficult to | be easy to

PHRASES be responsible for maintaining sth