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Definitions of keep

  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"
  2. celebrate, as of holidays or rites; " Keep the commandments"; " celebrate Christmas"; " Observe Yom Kippur"
  3. allow to remain in a place or position; " 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"
  4. 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"
  5. the main tower within the walls of a medieval castle or fortress
  6. a cell in a jail or prison
  7. keep under control; keep in check; " suppress a smile"; " Keep your temper"; " keep your cool"
  8. retain possession of; " Can I keep my old stuffed animals?"; " She kept her maiden name after she married"
  9. retain rights to; " keep my job for me while I give birth"; " keep my seat, please"; " keep open the possibility of a merger"
  10. fail to spoil or rot; " These potatoes keep for a long time"
  11. prevent from rotting, as of foods; " preserved meats"; " keep potatoes fresh"
  12. observe correctly or closely; " The pianist kept time with the metronome"; " keep count"; " I cannot keep track of all my employees"
  13. maintain by writing regular records; " keep a diary"; " maintain a record"; " keep notes"
  14. 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"
  15. hold and prevent from leaving; " The student was kept after school"
  16. maintain for use and service; " I keep a car in the countryside"; " She keeps an apartment in Paris for her shopping trips"
  17. store or keep customarily; " Where do you keep your gardening tools?"
  18. 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"
  19. conform one's action or practice to; " keep appointments"; " she never keeps her promises"; " We kept to the original conditions of the contract"
  20. prevent 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"
  21. prevent ( food) from rotting; " preserved meats"; " keep potatoes fresh"
  22. look after; be the keeper of; have charge of; " He keeps the shop when I am gone"
  23. 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"
  24. supply with room and board; " He is keeping three women in the guest cottage"; " keep boarders"
  25. raise; " She keeps a few chickens in the yard"; " he keeps bees"
  26. maintain in safety from injury, harm, or danger; " May God keep you"
  27. To care; to desire.
  28. To hold; to restrain from departure or removal; not to let go of; to retain in one's power or possession; not to lose; to retain; to detain.
  29. To cause to remain in a given situation or condition; to maintain unchanged; to hold or preserve in any state or tenor.
  30. To have in custody; to have in some place for preservation; to take charge of.
  31. To preserve from danger, harm, or loss; to guard.
  32. To preserve from discovery or publicity; not to communicate, reveal, or betray, as a secret.
  33. To attend upon; to have the care of; to tend.
  34. To record transactions, accounts, or events in; as, to keep books, a journal, etc. ; also, to enter ( as accounts, records, etc. ) in a book.
  35. To maintain, as an establishment, institution, or the like; to conduct; to manage; as, to keep store.
  36. To supply with necessaries of life; to entertain; as, to keep boarders.
  37. To have in one's service; to have and maintain, as an assistant, a servant, a mistress, a horse, etc.
  38. To have habitually in stock for sale.
  39. To continue in, as a course or mode of action; not to intermit or fall from; to hold to; to maintain; as, to keep silence; to keep one's word; to keep possession.
  40. To observe; to adhere to; to fulfill; not to swerve from or violate; to practice or perform, as duty; not to neglect; to be faithful to.
  41. To confine one's self to; not to quit; to remain in; as, to keep one's house, room, bed, etc. ; hence, to haunt; to frequent.
  42. To observe duty, as a festival, etc. ; to celebrate; to solemnize; as, to keep a feast.
  43. To remain in any position or state; to continue; to abide; to stay; as, to keep at a distance; to keep aloft; to keep near; to keep in the house; to keep before or behind; to keep in favor; to keep out of company, or out reach.
  44. To last; to endure; to remain unimpaired.
  45. To reside for a time; to lodge; to dwell.
  46. To take care; to be solicitous; to watch.
  47. To be in session; as, school keeps to- day.
  48. The act or office of keeping; custody; guard; care; heed; charge.
  49. The state of being kept; hence, the resulting condition; case; as, to be in good keep.
  50. The means or provisions by which one is kept; maintenance; support; as, the keep of a horse.
  51. That which keeps or protects; a stronghold; a fortress; a castle; specifically, the strongest and securest part of a castle, often used as a place of residence by the lord of the castle, especially during a siege; the donjon. See Illust. of Castle.
  52. That which is kept in charge; a charge.
  53. A cap for retaining anything, as a journal box, in place.
  54. To have the care of; guard; preserve; support; perform or observe; as, to keep a rule; maintain; as, to keep a servant; fulfil; as, to keep a promise; supply with the necessaries of life; detain; confine; hold back; as, to keep a secret.
  55. To remain in any state or condition; as, she keeps cheerful; stay.
  56. Means or provision by which one is kept; the stronghold or donjon of an ancient castle.
  57. Kept.
  58. Keeping.
  59. To have the care of: to guard: to maintain: to have in one's service: to remain in: to adhere to: to practice: not to lose: to maintain hold upon: to restrain from departure: to preserve in a certain state.
  60. To remain in any position or state: to last or endure: to adhere:- pr. p. keeping; pa. t. and pa. p. kept.
  61. That which keeps or protects: the innermost and strongest part of a castle, the donjon: a stronghold.
  62. KEEPER.
  63. To guard; maintain; preserve; retain.
  64. To stay; endure.
  65. To have; hold; retain.
  66. To protect; guard; defend.
  67. To support; maintain.
  68. To be faithful to, as a pledge or command.
  69. To remain; stay; continue sound, sweet, fresh, or the like; endure.
  70. Means of subsistence; livelihood.
  71. A castle; fortress.
  72. Care; condition, as the result of care; maintenance; that which protects; the central tower, innermost and strongest part, of a fendal castle, the place of final retreat when the garrison was hard pressed; a strong tower in the middle of a castle; a place of confinement.
  73. To hold or retain; to have in custody for security; to preserve; to protect; to detain; to tend; to feed; to attend to; to conduct; to fulfil; to perform; to observe; to maintain; to supply with necessaries of life; to have in pay; to remain in; to keep in. To keep back, to reserve; to withhold; to restrain. To keep company with; to associate with; to accompany. To keep down, to prevent from rising. To keep in, to prevent from escape; to restrain; to subdue. To keep off, to hinder from approach or attack. To keep under, to restrain. To keep up, to maintain; to prevent from falling or diminution. To keep out, to hinder from entering or taking possession. To keep house, to maintain a family state; to be confined. To keep from, to restrain; to prevent approach. To keep a term, in universities, to reside during a term. To keep on foot, to maintain ready for action.
  74. To remain in any state; to last; to endure; to lodge; to dwell. To keep from, to abstain; to refrain. To keep to, to adhere strictly. To keep on, to go forward; to proceed. To keep up, to remain unsubdued; to continue; not to cease.
  75. To hold; to retain, as a thing in one's power or possession; to hold in charge; to protect; to support; to feed; to have the care of; to solemnise, as a day; to detain; to observe; to conceal; to remain in any state; to be durable; to adhere strictly to.
  76. Condition, as in good keep; a stronghold in the middle of a castle.
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Antonyms for keep

dart, forget, renege, throw, back off, confide, toss, cough up, ignore, lance, despise, allow, inattention, back down, throw out, cede, forsake, profane, transform, commit, demolition, tell, cry off, forswear, launch, shortcut, transmute, metamorphose, consign, fetch up, convey, sell, draw up, let, quit, modify, emit, bypass, convert, deep-six, pull up, mislay, misplace, ruination, sidestep, pour, hand over, overlook, shed, contribute, render, distribute, hurt, unload, green light, provide, send, abdicate, diversify, sling, permit, turn over, apportion, negligence, leave, dismiss, cop out, dereliction, retire, ration, lay down, vacate, damage, cashier, supersede, harm, suffer, instruct, relinquish, get around, discontinue, back out, give away, breach, donate, shift, go against, veer, lay-by, turn in, revoke, enjoin, ruin, hurl, commend, cease, subvert, recant, deliver, abjure, allocate, disobey, renounce, assign, violate, omit, break, depute, recommend, desert, neglect, surrender, retract, throw away, destruction, change, entrust, lose, transfer, fail, fink out, forego, contemn, bring up, rescind, bestow, vest, abandon, commute, infract, cancel, vary, furnish, terminate, Ignoring, give, offend, defy, allot, maroon, transmit, abort, call off, transfigure, alter, muster out, give over, circumvent, turn off, substitute, disregard, adjure, dishonor, repudiate, transgress, fling, stall, qualify, eighty-six, exchange, cast off, extinguish, resign, give up, exorcise, injury.

Quotes of keep

  1. It is more difficult to keep the attention of hearers than of readers. – Lascelles Abercrombie
  2. Journalists say a thing that they know isn't true, in the hope that if they keep on saying it long enough it will be true. – Arnold Bennett
  3. The toughest thing about success is that you've got to keep on being a success. – Irving Berlin
  4. Telephone, n. An invention of the devil which abrogates some of the advantages of making a disagreeable person keep his distance. – Ambrose Bierce
  5. Put your trust in God; but be sure to keep your powder dry. – Oliver Cromwell
  6. I shut up and keep my ears and eyes open. – Kieran Culkin
  7. Always keep your friends close, but your enemies keep closer. – J. Wallace Day
  8. He that has eyes to see and ears to hear may convince himself that no mortal can keep a secret. If his lips are silent, he chatters with his fingertips; betrayal oozes out of him at every pore. – Sigmund Freud
  9. Civilization is so hard on the body that some have called it a disease, despite the arts that keep puny bodies alive to a greater average age, and our greater protection from contagious and germ diseases. – Granville Stanley Hall
  10. Intellectuals try to keep going. But their situation is very difficult. Those who have had the courage to voice their opposition have often paid a very high price. – Tahar Ben Jelloun
  11. I think that most actors, and they're a very strange lot actors, very strange people, but I think that they attempt to keep in touch with the child. – Ben Kingsley
  12. I need to get up and walk around and keep my knees from getting bad, which is what's happening. – Marian McPartland
  13. I need to keep my story count high. I'm trying to get as many stories in my hour as is humanly possible. We're telling more stories in our hour than any national newscast has in the history of this business, I think. – Shepard Smith
  14. When you meet a stranger, look at his shoes. Keep your money in your shoes. – Michael Stipe
  15. Prices have stayed up because people in control of supply decided they could keep them up. – John Wilson

Usage examples for keep

  1. " Will you not keep on to the house? – The Good Time Coming by T. S. Arthur
  2. Now, girls, keep back; I'm going to tell her first. – Five Little Peppers at School by Margaret Sidney
  3. He couldn't keep his mind on it. – Slingshot by Irving W. Lande
  4. It will keep you- what you say? – The Blue Envelope by Roy J. Snell
  5. Yes; if you do that, you may keep as many there as you choose. – San-Cravate; or, The Messengers; Little Streams by Charles Paul de Kock
  6. But he did not keep him long. – Round-about Rambles in Lands of Fact and Fancy by Frank Richard Stockton
  7. Father loved me too much and he wanted to keep me always with him. – The Captives by Hugh Walpole
  8. 3122. Does she keep a shop? – Second Shetland Truck System Report by William Guthrie
  9. I shall keep him. – The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg and Other Stories by Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens) Last Updated: February 18, 2009
  10. Can you keep one for me, now? – Dead Men's Money by J. S. Fletcher
  11. On the back, in my father's hand, there was,-" Why won't they keep this look? – That Boy Of Norcott's by Charles James Lever
  12. We will keep them. – Peter and Polly in Winter by Rose Lucia
  13. He would keep his word, he said. – The Rector of St. Mark's by Mary J. Holmes
  14. I will keep my promise! – Monsieur Cherami by Charles Paul de Kock
  15. But do let us keep to Gwen and Adrian. – When Ghost Meets Ghost by William Frend De Morgan
  16. And for that very reason she must keep him off the business just as long as she can. – The Whirligig of Time by Wayland Wells Williams
  17. He will go there, of course, and then we will keep him there. – Baron Trigault's Vengeance Volume 2 (of 2) by Emile Gaboriau
  18. They keep againin' on me all the time. – The Major by Ralph Connor
  19. Do keep Mr. Avalons away from me, then. – The Dominant Strain by Anna Chapin Ray
  20. We must keep on. – Lost in the Cañon by Alfred R. Calhoun

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