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maintenance

main·te·nance

maintenance

 
 
pronunciation:
meIn t nns
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: the act of maintaining or state of being maintained.
Maintenance of a friendship can take some effort when the friends live far apart.They spent a lot of money on building maintenance last year.
synonyms:
keeping, sustenance, upkeep
similar words:
care, conservation, custody, management, preservation, repair, room and board, safekeeping, subsistence
definition 2: means of support; livelihood.
Despite his severe disability, he is able to provide his own maintenance.
synonyms:
keep, livelihood, living, support
similar words:
subsistence, sustenance, upkeep, wages
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