Meaning of MAINTENANCE in English

/ ˈmeɪntənəns; NAmE / noun [ U ]


maintenance (of sth) the act of keeping sth in good condition by checking or repairing it regularly :

The school pays for heating and the maintenance of the buildings.

car maintenance


maintenance (of sth) the act of making a state or situation continue :

the maintenance of international peace


( BrE , law ) money that sb must pay regularly to their former wife, husband or partner, especially when they have had children together :

He has to pay maintenance to his ex-wife.

child maintenance

a maintenance order (= given by a court of law)

—see also alimony



Middle English (in the sense aiding a party in a legal action without lawful cause ): from Old French , from maintenir , from Latin manu tenere hold in the hand.

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.