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'to hold in the hand'
make something continue
to make something continue in the same way or at the same standard as before
Careers Officers maintain contact with young people when they have left school.
Britain wants to maintain its position as a world power.
A lot depends on building and maintaining a good relationship with your customers.
The hotel prides itself on maintaining high standards.
How can we maintain control of spending?
to make a level or rate of activity, movement etc stay the same
It is important to maintain a constant temperature inside the greenhouse.
This is the most efficient way to build up and maintain a reasonable level of physical fitness.
to strongly express your belief that something is true
Critics maintain that these reforms will lead to a decline in educational standards.
maintain your innocence
say that you did not commit a crime
He maintained his innocence and said the allegations were 'ridiculous'.
look after something
to keep a machine, building etc in good condition by checking and repairing it regularly
The report found that safety equipment had been very poorly maintained.
The company is responsible for maintaining public telephone boxes.
to provide someone with the things they need, such as money or food
How can you maintain a family on $900 a month?
Definition from the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
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