/ 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.
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.
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.