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Definitions of keep

  1. 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. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  2. To care; to desire. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. To cause to remain in a given situation or condition; to maintain unchanged; to hold or preserve in any state or tenor. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. To have in custody; to have in some place for preservation; to take charge of. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. To preserve from danger, harm, or loss; to guard. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. To preserve from discovery or publicity; not to communicate, reveal, or betray, as a secret. Webster Dictionary DB
  8. To attend upon; to have the care of; to tend. Webster Dictionary DB
  9. To record transactions, accounts, or events in; as, to keep books, a journal, etc. ; also, to enter (as accounts, records, etc. ) in a book. Webster Dictionary DB
  10. To maintain, as an establishment, institution, or the like; to conduct; to manage; as, to keep store. Webster Dictionary DB
  11. To supply with necessaries of life; to entertain; as, to keep boarders. Webster Dictionary DB
  12. To have in one's service; to have and maintain, as an assistant, a servant, a mistress, a horse, etc. Webster Dictionary DB
  13. To have habitually in stock for sale. Webster Dictionary DB
  14. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  15. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  16. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  17. To observe duty, as a festival, etc. ; to celebrate; to solemnize; as, to keep a feast. Webster Dictionary DB
  18. 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. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  19. 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. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  20. To guard; maintain; preserve; retain. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  21. To have; hold; retain. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  22. To protect; guard; defend. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  23. To support; maintain. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  24. To be faithful to, as a pledge or command. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  25. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  26. To last; to endure; to remain unimpaired. Webster Dictionary DB
  27. To reside for a time; to lodge; to dwell. Webster Dictionary DB
  28. To take care; to be solicitous; to watch. Webster Dictionary DB
  29. To be in session; as, school keeps to-day. Webster Dictionary DB
  30. To remain in any state or condition; as, she keeps cheerful; stay. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  31. To remain in any position or state: to last or endure: to adhere:-pr.p. keeping; pa.t. and pa.p. kept. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  32. To stay; endure. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  33. celebrate, as of holidays or rites; "Keep the commandments"; "celebrate Christmas"; "Observe Yom Kippur" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  34. 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" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  35. 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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  36. retain possession of; "Can I keep my old stuffed animals?"; "She kept her maiden name after she married" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  37. fail to spoil or rot; "These potatoes keep for a long time" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  38. maintain by writing regular records; "keep a diary"; "maintain a record"; "keep notes" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  39. 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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  40. hold and prevent from leaving; "The student was kept after school" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  41. maintain for use and service; "I keep a car in the countryside"; "She keeps an apartment in Paris for her shopping trips" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  42. store or keep customarily; "Where do you keep your gardening tools?" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  43. 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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  44. conform one's action or practice to; "keep appointments"; "she never keeps her promises"; "We kept to the original conditions of the contract" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  45. 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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  46. To remain; stay; continue sound, sweet, fresh, or the like; endure. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  47. 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. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  48. 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. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  49. Keeping. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  50. the main tower within the walls of a medieval castle or fortress Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  51. prevent (food) from rotting; "preserved meats"; "keep potatoes fresh" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  52. look after; be the keeper of; have charge of; "He keeps the shop when I am gone" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  53. 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" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  54. supply with room and board; "He is keeping three women in the guest cottage"; "keep boarders" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  55. raise; "She keeps a few chickens in the yard"; "he keeps bees" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  56. maintain in safety from injury, harm, or danger; "May God keep you" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  57. The act or office of keeping; custody; guard; care; heed; charge. Webster Dictionary DB
  58. The state of being kept; hence, the resulting condition; case; as, to be in good keep. Webster Dictionary DB
  59. The means or provisions by which one is kept; maintenance; support; as, the keep of a horse. Webster Dictionary DB
  60. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  61. That which is kept in charge; a charge. Webster Dictionary DB
  62. A cap for retaining anything, as a journal box, in place. Webster Dictionary DB
  63. Means or provision by which one is kept; the stronghold or donjon of an ancient castle. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  64. That which keeps or protects: the innermost and strongest part of a castle, the donjon: a stronghold. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  65. KEEPER. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  66. Means of subsistence; livelihood. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  67. A castle; fortress. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  68. 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. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  69. Condition, as in good keep; a stronghold in the middle of a castle. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  70. Kept. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.

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Usage examples for keep

  1. He would keep his word, he said. – The Rector of St. Mark's by Mary J. Holmes
  2. Can you keep one for me, now? – Dead Men's Money by J. S. Fletcher
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