maintain
verb.
cause to continue in a certain state, position, or activity; e.g., `keep clean'
hold in place|She always held herself as a lady|The students keep me on my toes
Synonym: hold, keep
verb.
keep in safety and protect from harm, decay, loss, or destruction
We preserve these archeological findings|The old lady could not keep up the building|children must be taught to conserve our national heritage|The museum curator conserved the ancient manuscripts
verb.
supply with necessities and support
She alone sustained her family|The money will sustain our good cause|There's little to earn and many to keep
Synonym: sustain, keep
verb.
state categorically
Synonym: assert, asseverate
verb.
have and exercise
wield power and authority
Synonym: exert, wield
verb.
maintain for use and service
I keep a car in the countryside|She keeps an apartment in Paris for her shopping trips
Synonym: keep
verb.
maintain by writing regular records
keep a diary|maintain a record|keep notes
Synonym: keep
verb.
state or assert
He maintained his innocence
Synonym: defend
verb.
support against an opponent
The appellate court upheld the verdict
Synonym: uphold
verb.
stick to correctly or closely
The pianist kept time with the metronome|keep count|I cannot keep track of all my employees
Synonym: keep, observe