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 for Maintaining
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Maintain \Main*tain\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Maintained; p. pr. &
     vb. n. Maintaining.] [OE. maintenen, F. maintenir,
     properly, to hold by the hand; main hand (L. manus) + F.
     tenir to hold (L. tenere). See Manual, and Tenable.]
     1. To hold or keep in any particular state or condition; to
        support; to sustain; to uphold; to keep up; not to suffer
        to fail or decline; as, to maintain a certain degree of
        heat in a furnace; to maintain a fence or a railroad; to
        maintain the digestive process or powers of the stomach;
        to maintain the fertility of soil; to maintain present
        reputation.
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     2. To keep possession of; to hold and defend; not to
        surrender or relinquish.
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              God values . . . every one as he maintains his post.
                                                    --Grew.
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     3. To continue; not to suffer to cease or fail.
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              Maintain talk with the duke.          --Shak.
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     4. To bear the expense of; to support; to keep up; to supply
        with what is needed.
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              Glad, by his labor, to maintain his life.
                                                    --Stirling.
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              What maintains one vice would bring up two children.
                                                    --Franklin.
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     5. To affirm; to support or defend by argument.
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              It is hard to maintain the truth, but much harder to
              be maintained by it.                  --South.
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     Syn: To assert; vindicate; allege. See Assert.
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