Abbreviation for Maintenance: What Is It and How Is It Used?

How do you abbreviate the word maintenance? This handy guide will help you understand the abbreviations for maintenance and when they’re used. We’ll examine the definition, synonyms, and some examples of the word and abbreviation in context.

There are two maintenance abbreviations:

  •     Maint.
  •     Mnt.


The plural form, maintenances, would be abbreviated maints. or mnts.

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What Does Maintenance Mean?

Maintenance refers to the general act of caring, updating, or upkeeping. According to, maintenance can be defined as: 


●      the act of maintaining:

The maintenance of proper oral hygiene.

●      the state of being maintained:

the maintenance of friendly relations with England.

●      care or upkeep, as of machinery or property:

With proper maintenance, the car will last for many years.

●      means of upkeep, support, or subsistence; livelihood:

to provide a comfortable maintenance.

●      alimony or child support.

●      Law. officious meddling in a suit in which the meddler has no interest, by assisting either party with means to prosecute or defend it.


●      Pharmacology, Psychiatry. administered to sustain a desired physiological or mental condition: maintenance dose.

Synonyms for Maintenance

The History of the Word

According to The Online Etymology Dictionary, The English language word maintenance originated in the 14th century. It derived from the Old French maintenaunce, which meant, “upkeep; shelter, protection.” The English verb maintenen dates from the 13th century, and it can be traced back to the Proto-Indo-European roots man, “hand,” and ten, “to stretch.”

The definition “action of upholding or keeping in good order” dates from the 15th century. 

When to Use the Abbreviation

The abbreviations for the word maintenance are not used widely, outside the context of business, real estate, and construction. You may find the abbreviation on business cards or on signage. You may also come across the abbreviations in headlines, job postings, or shorthand notes, anywhere that space is limited.

Examples of the Word and Abbreviation in Context

“However, the high cost for the development and maintenance of command and control systems and subsystems are restraining the market growth.”
—Yahoo! Finance

“JOB TITLE: Leader (Public Works – Street and Drain Maint and Storm Drain Maint)”
—Fox, KLRT 16​​​

“The county said it needs to raise about $8.2 million more to get into a sustainable road maintenance schedule for a road life cycle of 20 years for its 650 miles of roads.”
—Greenville News

“In these scenarios, performing preventive maintenance with a thermal imaging camera on a semi-annual or annual basis will give you the best protection against costly downtime.”

“‘A deal has to be looked at in its entirety to appreciate its value, but regarding scope, we increased the amount of aircraft maintenance our members will perform domestically and restricted the amount of international maintenance that could be outsourced’ said Joe Tiberi, chief of staff for the International Association of Machinists, which represents maintenance workers from the legacy U.S. Airways group.”
—The Dallas Morning News

“Stadler US Inc. has won its first maintenance contract in the United States after being awarded a 15-year $112 million service contract from Dallas Area Rapid Transit’s (DART) Board of Directors.”
—Global Railway Review

Additional Common Business and Safety Abbreviations

  • ADA | Americans with Disabilities Act
  • ASM | Assembler or Assembly (computer language)
  • ATC | Air Traffic Control 
  • CEO | Chief Executive Officer
  • CFO | Chief Financial Officer
  • CIO | Chief Information Officer
  • Constr | Construction
  • COTS | Commercial off-the-shelf
  • CMO | Chief Marketing Officer
  • COO | Chief Operating Officer
  • CSS | Cascading Style Sheets
  • CTO | Chief Technology Officer
  • CTR | Click through rate
  • Dept | Department 
  • ETA| Estimated time of arrival
  • FAA | Federal Aviation Administration
  • HR | Human Resources
  • IT | Information Technology
  • ​IS | Information System, Information Service
  • KPI | Key Performance Indicator
  • MSDS | Material Safety Data Sheets
  • Mgmt | Management
  • OEM | original Equipment Manufacturer
  • OS | Operating System
  • PDF | Portable Document Format
  • QA | Quality Assurance
  • QC | Quality Control
  • RCM | Reliability Centered Maintenance 
  • RFI | Request for Information
  • RFP | Request for Proposal
  • SAAS | Software as a service
  • SOP | Standard Operating Procedure
  • VP | Vice President
  • YTD | Year to date