What does the word maintain mean?

Usage examples for maintain

  1. A Cardinal, who lives out of the Roman States, may maintain a certain independence or even opposition, as the precedent of Cardinal Noailles shows, but in Rome this is impossible. – Letters From Rome on the Council by Johann Joseph Ignaz von Döllinger
  2. After all, a party like yours in close alliance with the Government of the country must do something to maintain the majesty of the law. – Gossamer 1915 by George A. Birmingham
  3. God helping us we will maintain our honor in this matter as in all others. – The Great Mogul by Louis Tracy
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