- care and maintenance
- care and maintenance ˌcare and ˈmaintenance written abbreviation C&M noun [singular]when a ship, building, or piece of machinery is kept on a care and maintenance basis, it is no longer used but is kept in good condition so that it can be used in the future if it is needed
* * *care and maintenance UK US noun [U] (ABBREVIATION C & M)► the things that need to be done to keep something working correctly or to provide the basic needs for someone: »
With parks all over the city, a variety of contracts and agreements have been set up to ensure proper care and maintenance.»
Many have responsibilities for the care and maintenance of dependent relatives.► the process of keeping something in good condition even if it is not being used: »
The board decided to put the mine on care and maintenance while they reorganize the company.»
The factory has been on a care and maintenance basis since it stopped producing five years ago.
Financial and business terms. 2012.