October 03, 2018
Learner's Word of the Day
maintenance /ˈmeɪntənəns/ noun
maintenance
/ˈmeɪntənəns/
noun
Father and son doing car maintenance together
Father and son doing car maintenance together
Learner's definition of MAINTENANCE

[noncount]

1 : the act of maintaining something or someone: such as

a : the act of keeping property or equipment in good condition by making repairs, correcting problems, etc.

  • The building has suffered from years of poor maintenance.

  • the costs of routine car maintenance

— often used before another noun

  • a maintenance worker [=a worker whose job is to keep property or equipment in good condition]

  • a maintenance fee

  • She works in the company's maintenance department.

b : the act of causing something to exist or continue without changing

  • maintenance of law and order

c: the act of providing support for someone or something

  • money for the family's maintenance

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