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保つ
Readings

tamotsu
もつ
motsu

Irregular kana usage
English
Godan verb with 'tsu' ending
Transitive verb
to keep, to preserve, to hold, to retain, to maintain, to sustain

Godan verb with 'tsu' ending
Intransitive verb
to last, to endure, to keep well (food), to wear well, to be durable

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Conjugated forms
Present, Future 保つ, 保ちます
[does], will [do]
保たない, 保ちません
doesn't [do], will not [do]
Past 保った, 保ちました
[did]
保たなかった, 保ちませんでした
didn't [do]
Te-form, Continuative 保って, 保ちまして 保たないで, 保ちませんで 保たなくて
Kanjis
ON: ホ, ホウ KUN: たも.つ
protect, guarantee, keep, preserve, sustain, support

Stroke: 9 Grade: 5 JLPT: N2 SKIP: 1-2-7 FC: 2629.9


Phrases
体面を保つために行った。
Parts: 体面 (たいめん) 保つ (たもつ) 為に (ために) 行く (いく)
For appearances sake, I went.