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  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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. celebrate, as of holidays or rites; "Keep the commandments"; "celebrate Christmas"; "Observe Yom Kippur" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  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" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. the main tower within the walls of a medieval castle or fortress Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. a cell in a jail or prison Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  7. keep under control; keep in check; "suppress a smile"; "Keep your temper"; "keep your cool" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  8. retain possession of; "Can I keep my old stuffed animals?"; "She kept her maiden name after she married" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  9. retain rights to; "keep my job for me while I give birth"; "keep my seat, please"; "keep open the possibility of a merger" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  10. fail to spoil or rot; "These potatoes keep for a long time" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  11. prevent from rotting, as of foods; "preserved meats"; "keep potatoes fresh" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  12. observe correctly or closely; "The pianist kept time with the metronome"; "keep count"; "I cannot keep track of all my employees" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  13. maintain by writing regular records; "keep a diary"; "maintain a record"; "keep notes" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  15. hold and prevent from leaving; "The student was kept after school" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  16. 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
  17. store or keep customarily; "Where do you keep your gardening tools?" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  19. 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
  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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  21. prevent (food) from rotting; "preserved meats"; "keep potatoes fresh" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  22. look after; be the keeper of; have charge of; "He keeps the shop when I am gone" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  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" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  24. supply with room and board; "He is keeping three women in the guest cottage"; "keep boarders" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  25. raise; "She keeps a few chickens in the yard"; "he keeps bees" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  26. maintain in safety from injury, harm, or danger; "May God keep you" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  27. To care; to desire. Webster Dictionary DB
  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. Webster Dictionary DB
  29. 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
  30. To have in custody; to have in some place for preservation; to take charge of. Webster Dictionary DB
  31. To preserve from danger, harm, or loss; to guard. Webster Dictionary DB
  32. To preserve from discovery or publicity; not to communicate, reveal, or betray, as a secret. Webster Dictionary DB
  33. To attend upon; to have the care of; to tend. Webster Dictionary DB
  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. Webster Dictionary DB
  35. To maintain, as an establishment, institution, or the like; to conduct; to manage; as, to keep store. Webster Dictionary DB
  36. To supply with necessaries of life; to entertain; as, to keep boarders. Webster Dictionary DB
  37. To have in one's service; to have and maintain, as an assistant, a servant, a mistress, a horse, etc. Webster Dictionary DB
  38. To have habitually in stock for sale. Webster Dictionary DB
  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. Webster Dictionary DB
  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. Webster Dictionary DB
  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. Webster Dictionary DB
  42. To observe duty, as a festival, etc. ; to celebrate; to solemnize; as, to keep a feast. Webster Dictionary DB
  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. Webster Dictionary DB
  44. To last; to endure; to remain unimpaired. Webster Dictionary DB
  45. To reside for a time; to lodge; to dwell. Webster Dictionary DB
  46. To take care; to be solicitous; to watch. Webster Dictionary DB
  47. To be in session; as, school keeps to-day. Webster Dictionary DB
  48. The act or office of keeping; custody; guard; care; heed; charge. Webster Dictionary DB
  49. The state of being kept; hence, the resulting condition; case; as, to be in good keep. Webster Dictionary DB
  50. The means or provisions by which one is kept; maintenance; support; as, the keep of a horse. Webster Dictionary DB
  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. Webster Dictionary DB
  52. That which is kept in charge; a charge. Webster Dictionary DB
  53. A cap for retaining anything, as a journal box, in place. Webster Dictionary DB
  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. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  55. 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.
  56. 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.
  57. Kept. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  58. Keeping. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  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. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  60. 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.
  61. 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.
  62. KEEPER. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  63. To guard; maintain; preserve; retain. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  64. To stay; endure. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  65. To have; hold; retain. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  66. To protect; guard; defend. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  67. To support; maintain. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  68. To be faithful to, as a pledge or command. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  69. 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.
  70. Means of subsistence; livelihood. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  71. A castle; fortress. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  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. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  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. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  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. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  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. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  76. 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.
  77. k[=e]p, v.t. to have the care of: to guard: to maintain: to manage: to have in one's service: to hold for one's own use or enjoyment: to remain in: to adhere to: to practise: not to lose: to maintain hold upon: to restrain from departure: to preserve in a certain state: to maintain: to fulfill.--v.i. to remain in any position or state: to remain fresh: to last or endure: to continue: to adhere: to have rooms at college (Cambridge):---pr.p. keep'ing; pa.t. and pa.p. kept.--n. that which keeps or protects: subsistence: food: the innermost and strongest part of a castle, the donjon: a stronghold.--ns. KEEP'ER, an attendant, manager, owner: a gamekeeper: socket, guard-ring; KEEP'ERSHIP, office of a keeper; KEEP'ING, care: custody: charge: (Shak.) maintenance, support: just proportion, harmony: (paint.) due proportion of light and shade; KEEP'ING-ROOM, a sitting-room, parlour; KEEP'SAKE, something given to be kept for the sake of the giver--the name used often to be applied to the annuals or sumptuous gift-books so much in vogue about 1830.--KEEP AN ACT, to hold an academical disputation; KEEP AN EYE ON, KEEP COMPANY, CHAPEL, COUNSEL, DISTANCE, HOURS, HOUSE, THE PEACE, &c. (see the nouns); KEEP A TERM (see TERM); KEEP AT IT, to persist in anything; KEEP BACK, to withhold: keep down, to repress (see also DARK); KEEP BODY AND SOUL TOGETHER, to maintain life; KEEP DOWN, to restrain; KEEP FROM, to abstain from: to remain away from; KEEP GOING IN a thing, to keep one supplied with it; KEEP IN, to prevent from escaping: to confine a pupil in the schoolroom after school hours: to conceal: to restrain; KEEP IN WITH, to maintain the confidence or friendship of some one; KEEP OFF, to hinder from approaching or making an attack; KEEP ONE'S COUNTENANCE, to preserve a calm appearance, hiding one's emotions; KEEP ONE'S HAND IN, to retain one's skill by means of constant practice; KEEP THE BREATH TO COOL ONE'S PORRIDGE, to confine attention to one's own affairs; KEEP THE POWDER DRY, to keep one's energies ready for action; KEEP TO, to stick closely to: to confine one's self to; KEEP UNDER, to hold down in restraint; KEEP UP, to retain one's strength or spirit: to support, prevent from falling: to continue, to prevent from ceasing: to maintain in good condition. [A.S. cépan, orig. to traffic, hence to store up, keep--ceáp, price.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  78. (kept). Pay due regard to, observe, stand by, (law, promise, faith, treaty, peace, appointment); celebrate (feast, ceremony, &c.); guard, protect, (person, as God k. you!, fortress, town, &c., goal at football &c.); have charge of; maintain (house &c.) in proper order; maintain (diary, accounts, books) by making requisite entries; provide for sustenance of (family &c); maintain (woman) as mistress; have (commodity) habitually on sale; k. COMPANY, PACE, STEP, LOOK out, TIME, WATCH, WICKET; maintain in proper or specified condition (often in spec. senses, as k. the BALL rolling, POT boiling, one\'s HAIR on); detain (person in prison, in custody, &c.); restrain (person, thing, oneself, from doing, from thing); reserve (thing for future time &c.); conceal, as k. one\'s COUNSEL, a secret; continue to follow (way, course); remain in (one\'s bed, room, house); retain one\'s place in (the saddle, the field, the stage, one\'s ground, &c.) against opposition; k. HOUSE; remain (indoors &c.); (colloq., esp. Camb. Univ.) reside, as where do you k.?; remain in specified condition, as k. in good health, k. in TOUCH with, k. cool, k. friends; continue in specified direction, course, or action, ask. Straight on for two miles, he keeps giggling; (of food &c.) remain in good condition, (fig., of news &c.) admit of being reserved for later occasion; k. (work persistently) at; k. (abstain) from; k. to, adhere to (course, promise), confine oneself to; k. (thing &c.) to oneself, refuse to share it with others; k. oneself to oneself, avoid society; k. back, hold back, retard progress of, conceal; k. down, hold in subjection, k. low in amount; k. in, confine, restrain, (feelings &c.), confine (schoolboy) after hours, k. (fire) burning, (intr.) remain indoors, remain on good terms with; k. one\'s feet, not fall; k. one\'s HAND in; k. off, ward off, avert, (intr.) stay at a distance; k. on, continue to hold, use, show, &c., (intr.) continue (doing); k. together, remain, cause to remain, together; k. under, hold in subjection; k. up, prevent (one\'s spirits, prices, &c.) from sinking, maintain, k. in repair, in efficient or proper state, &c., as k. up appearances, k. up your Greek, carry on (correspondence &c.), cause (person) to sit up at night, (intr.) bear up, not break down, proceed at equal pace with. [old English] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  79. (Hist.) tower, stronghold; maintenance, food required for this, as you don\'t earn your k. Concise Oxford Dictionary
  80. k. one\'s balance, not lose it (lit. & fig.). Concise Oxford Dictionary
  81. (that which keeps or protects). The innermost and strongest tower of a castle, in which treasure and prisoners of importance could be most carefully guarded. Glossary of terms and phrases - Percy
  82. n. Care ; guardianship ; - custody ; confinement ; - maintenance or entertainment of persons ; board ; also charge or cost of boarding ; food or fodder for cattle : - that which keeps or protects ; a strong-hold ; a castle ; the donjon. Cabinet Dictionary

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