maintenancemain‧te‧nance /ˈmeɪntənəns/ ●●○W3AWL noun [uncountable] 🔊 🔊 1REPAIRthe repairs, painting etc that are necessary to keep something in good condition 🔊 the cost of repairs and maintenancemaintenance of 🔊 The caretaker is responsible for the maintenance of the school buildings. 🔊 The theatres were closed on Saturday and Sunday for routine maintenance. 🔊 Engineers are carrying out essential maintenance work on the main line to Cambridge. 🔊 an evening class in car maintenancemaintenance crew/man/staff (=someone who looks after buildings and equipment for a school or organization)2CONTINUE/NOT STOPthe act of making a state or situation continuemaintenance of 🔊 The purpose of the UN is the maintenance of international peace and security. 🔊 The maintenance of a firm currency plays an important part in the battle against inflation.3British EnglishSCL money paid by someone who is divorced to their formerwife or husband syn alimony 🔊 They have to find the fathers who abandon their children and make them pay maintenance.