WOTW: maintain

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triplo word of the week - maintain

 

今週の #WOTW は ‘maintain’ です. ‘Maintain’ is a verb with a few similar meanings and uses. Keep reading to find out more:

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The first meaning of ‘maintain’ is to cause or make something continue.

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- Standards need to be maintained in order to prevent further outbreaks.

- He couldn’t maintain his composure during the meeting and walked out.

- A good relationship between the countries will maintain peace and stability in the region.

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The second meaning of ‘maintain’ is very similar, it means keep at the same level.

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- It is going to be difficult to maintain this level of production for a long time.

- I run regularly to maintain my health.

- The government must maintain a high level of public confidence to achieve its aims.

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The third meaning of ‘maintain’ is again similar. It means keep in good condition by checking and repairing regularly.

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- Although the building is old, it is well maintained.

- The local council doesn’t have any spare money to maintain the roads properly.

- The plants were maintained in a greenhouse during the winter.

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A less common meaning of ‘maintain’ means to provide with necessities of life.

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- The costs of maintaining a child are getting higher and higher.

- The zoo animals are maintained by a team of zoologists.

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One final meaning of ‘maintain’ is used in discussion and when giving opinions. It means to say strongly, or not change your mind.

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- He maintains that he is innocent and that the police have the wrong man.

- It is difficult to understand why they maintain such an extreme view of COVID.

- I maintain that the best course of action is to do nothing, until we have more information.

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発音は/meɪnˈteɪn/ or /mənˈteɪn/ です。

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この単語は、英語で最もよく使われる3,000の単語のリストであるNew General Service Listからのものです。完全なリストはこちらから。

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