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Meaning & Definition of Keep in English

English

Keep

/kip/

noun

1. The financial means whereby one lives

  • "Each child was expected to pay for their keep"
  • "He applied to the state for support"
  • "He could no longer earn his own livelihood"
    synonym:
  • support
  • ,
  • keep
  • ,
  • livelihood
  • ,
  • living
  • ,
  • bread and butter
  • ,
  • sustenance

2. The main tower within the walls of a medieval castle or fortress

    synonym:
  • keep
  • ,
  • donjon
  • ,
  • dungeon

3. A cell in a jail or prison

    synonym:
  • hold
  • ,
  • keep

verb

1. Keep in a certain state, position, or activity

  • E.g., "keep clean"
  • "Hold in place"
  • "She always held herself as a lady"
  • "The students keep me on my toes"
    synonym:
  • keep
  • ,
  • maintain
  • ,
  • hold

2. Continue a certain state, condition, or activity

  • "Keep on working!"
  • "We continued to work into the night"
  • "Keep smiling"
  • "We went on working until well past midnight"
    synonym:
  • continue
  • ,
  • go on
  • ,
  • proceed
  • ,
  • go along
  • ,
  • keep

3. Retain possession of

  • "Can i keep my old stuffed animals?"
  • "She kept her maiden name after she married"
    synonym:
  • keep
  • ,
  • hold on

4. Stop (someone or something) from doing something or being in a certain state

  • "We must prevent the cancer from spreading"
  • "His snoring kept me from falling asleep"
  • "Keep the child from eating the marbles"
    synonym:
  • prevent
  • ,
  • keep

5. Conform one's action or practice to

  • "Keep appointments"
  • "She never keeps her promises"
  • "We kept to the original conditions of the contract"
    synonym:
  • observe
  • ,
  • keep

6. Stick to correctly or closely

  • "The pianist kept time with the metronome"
  • "Keep count"
  • "I cannot keep track of all my employees"
    synonym:
  • observe
  • ,
  • keep
  • ,
  • maintain

7. Look after

  • Be the keeper of
  • Have charge of
  • "He keeps the shop when i am gone"
    synonym:
  • keep

8. Maintain by writing regular records

  • "Keep a diary"
  • "Maintain a record"
  • "Keep notes"
    synonym:
  • keep
  • ,
  • maintain

9. Supply with room and board

  • "He is keeping three women in the guest cottage"
  • "Keep boarders"
    synonym:
  • keep

10. Allow to remain in a place or position or maintain a property or feature

  • "We cannot continue several servants any longer"
  • "She retains a lawyer"
  • "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 retained her composure"
  • "This garment retains its shape even after many washings"
    synonym:
  • retain
  • ,
  • continue
  • ,
  • keep
  • ,
  • keep on

11. Supply with necessities and support

  • "She alone sustained her family"
  • "The money will sustain our good cause"
  • "There's little to earn and many to keep"
    synonym:
  • sustain
  • ,
  • keep
  • ,
  • maintain

12. Fail to spoil or rot

  • "These potatoes keep for a long time"
    synonym:
  • keep
  • ,
  • stay fresh

13. Behave as expected during of holidays or rites

  • "Keep the commandments"
  • "Celebrate christmas"
  • "Observe yom kippur"
    synonym:
  • observe
  • ,
  • celebrate
  • ,
  • keep

14. Keep under control

  • Keep in check
  • "Suppress a smile"
  • "Keep your temper"
  • "Keep your cool"
    synonym:
  • restrain
  • ,
  • keep
  • ,
  • keep back
  • ,
  • hold back

15. Maintain in safety from injury, harm, or danger

  • "May god keep you"
    synonym:
  • keep
  • ,
  • preserve

16. Raise

  • "She keeps a few chickens in the yard"
  • "He keeps bees"
    synonym:
  • keep

17. Retain rights to

  • "Keep my job for me while i give birth"
  • "Keep my seat, please"
  • "Keep open the possibility of a merger"
    synonym:
  • keep open
  • ,
  • hold open
  • ,
  • keep
  • ,
  • save

18. Store or keep customarily

  • "Where do you keep your gardening tools?"
    synonym:
  • keep

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"
    synonym:
  • keep

20. Maintain for use and service

  • "I keep a car in the countryside"
  • "She keeps an apartment in paris for her shopping trips"
    synonym:
  • keep
  • ,
  • maintain

21. Hold and prevent from leaving

  • "The student was kept after school"
    synonym:
  • keep

22. Prevent (food) from rotting

  • "Preserved meats"
  • "Keep potatoes fresh"
    synonym:
  • preserve
  • ,
  • keep

Examples of using

When Tom lost his job, he couldn't keep up his mortgage repayments and he was threatened with foreclosure.
I told you to keep silent.
I couldn't keep from smiling.