AskDefine | Define maintenance

Dictionary Definition



1 activity involved in maintaining something in good working order; "he wrote the manual on car care" [syn: care, upkeep]
2 means of maintenance of a family or group
3 court-ordered support paid by one spouse to another after they are separated [syn: alimony]
4 the act of sustaining life by food or providing a means of subsistence; "they were in want of sustenance"; "fishing was their main sustainment" [syn: sustenance, sustentation, sustainment, upkeep]

User Contributed Dictionary



mayntenaunce, from maintenance.


  • a Canada /ˈmeɪntɪnəns/
  • /ˈmeɪntənəns/, /"meInt@n@ns/


  1. Actions performed to keep some machine or system functioning or in service
  2. a tort committed when a third party who does not have a bona fide interest in a lawsuit provides help or acquires an interest to a litigant's lawsuit.

Related terms


keeping a machine in service
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From verb maintenir, maintenoir "to maintain" and suffix -ance.


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Extensive Definition

Maintenance may refer to:
maintenance in German: Wartung
maintenance in Korean: 정비
maintenance in Dutch: Onderhoud
maintenance in Japanese: メンテナンス

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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