• IPA: /ˈmeɪnt(ə)nəns/, /ˈmeɪntɪnəns/

maintenance (uncountable)

  1. Actions performed to keep some machine or system functioning or in service.
  2. (legal) A tort committed when a third party who does not have a bona fide interest in a lawsuit provides help or acquires an interest to a litigant's lawsuit.
  3. (legal, UK) Alimony, a periodical payment or a lump sum made or ordered to be made to a spouse after a divorce.
  4. (legal) Child support.
  5. Money required or spent to provide for the needs of a person or a family.
  6. (biology) The natural process which keeps an organism alive.
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