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Verb: keep (kept)  keep
  1. Cause to remain in a certain state, position, or activity
    "keep clean"; "The students keep me on my toes";
    - maintain, hold
     
  2. Resume or proceed in a certain state, condition, or activity
    "Keep on working!"; "Keep smiling";
    - continue, go on, proceed, go along
     
  3. Retain possession of
    "Can I keep my old stuffed animals?"; "She kept her maiden name after she married";
    - hold on
     
  4. Stop (someone or something) from doing something or being in a certain state
    "His snoring kept me from falling asleep"; "Keep the child from eating the marbles";
    - prevent
     
  5. Conform one's action or practice to
    "she never keeps her promises"; "We kept to the original conditions of the contract"; "keep appointments";
    - observe
     
  6. Stick to correctly or closely
    "The pianist kept time with the metronome"; "keep count"; "I cannot keep track of all my employees";
    - observe, maintain
     
  7. Look after; be the keeper of; have charge of
    "He keeps the shop when I am gone"
     
  8. Maintain by writing regular records
    "keep a diary"; "keep notes";
    - maintain
     
  9. Supply with room and board
    "He is keeping three women in the guest cottage"; "keep boarders"
     
  10. Allow to remain in a place or position or maintain a property or feature
    "The family's fortune waned and they could not keep their household staff"; "Our grant has run out and we cannot keep you on"; "We kept the work going as long as we could"; "She keeps on a lawyer";
    - retain, continue, keep on
     
  11. Supply with necessities and support
    "There's little to earn and many to keep";
    - sustain, maintain
     
  12. Fail to spoil or rot
    "These potatoes keep for a long time";
    - stay fresh
     
  13. Behave as expected during holidays or rites
    "Keep the commandments";
    - observe, celebrate
     
  14. Remain under control
    "Keep your temper"; "keep your cool"; "keep back your temper";
    - restrain, keep back, hold back
     
  15. Maintain in safety from injury, harm, or danger
    "May God keep you";
    - preserve
     
  16. Raise
    "She keeps a few chickens in the yard"; "he keeps bees"
     
  17. Retain rights to
    "keep my job for me while I give birth"; "keep open the possibility of a merger";
    - keep open, hold open, save
     
  18. Normally leave or store
    "Where do you keep your gardening tools?"
     
  19. Have as a supply
    "I always keep batteries in the freezer"; "keep food for a week in the pantry"; "She keeps a sixpack and a week's worth of supplies in the refrigerator"
     
  20. Have and look after for use and service
    "She keeps an apartment in Paris for her shopping trips"; "I keep a car in the countryside";
    - maintain
     
  21. Hold and prevent from leaving
    "The student was kept after school"
     
  22. Prevent (food) from rotting
    "keep potatoes fresh";
    - preserve
Noun: keep  keep
  1. The financial means whereby one lives
    "each child was expected to pay for their keep";
    - support, livelihood, living, bread and butter, sustenance
     
  2. The main tower within the walls of a medieval castle or fortress
    - donjon, dungeon
     
  3. A cell in a jail or prison
    - hold

Derived forms: keeping, kept, keeps

See also: keep apart, keep back, keep down, keep in, keep off, keep out, keep up

Type of: accommodate, act, book, bottle up, cell, confine, cook, detain, enter, farm, fastness, fix, grow, have, have got, hold, inhibit, jail cell, keep up, lodge, make, move, prepare, prison cell, produce, prolong, protect, put down, raise, ready, record, remain, reserve, resource, rest, stay, store, stronghold, suppress, sustain

Antonym: break, lose

Part of: castle

Encyclopedia: Keep, California