keep meaning

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keep verb
1. (check) cause to continue in a certain state, position, or activity; e.g., `keep clean'
Related: maintain, hold
  • "hold in place"
  • "She always held herself as a lady"
  • "The students keep me on my toes"
2. (have) retain possession of
Related: hold_on
Antonyms: lose
  • "Can I keep my old stuffed animals?"
  • "She kept her maiden name after she married"
3. (have) look after; be the keeper of; have charge of
  • "He keeps the shop when I am gone"
4. (record) maintain by writing regular records
Related: maintain
  • "keep a diary"
  • "maintain a record"
  • "keep notes"
5. (lodge) supply with room and board
  • "He is keeping three women in the guest cottage"
  • "keep boarders"
6. (stay) fail to spoil or rot
Related: stay_fresh
  • "These potatoes keep for a long time"
7. (protect) maintain in safety from injury, harm, or danger
Related: preserve
  • "May God keep you"
8. (grow) raise
  • "She keeps a few chickens in the yard"
  • "he keeps bees"
9. (store) store or keep customarily
  • "Where do you keep your gardening tools?"
10. (have) 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"
11. (have) maintain for use and service
Related: maintain
  • "I keep a car in the countryside"
  • "She keeps an apartment in Paris for her shopping trips"
12. (confine) hold and prevent from leaving
  • "The student was kept after school"
keep noun
1. (stronghold) the main tower within the walls of a medieval castle or fortress
Related: donjon, dungeon
support noun
1. (resource) the financial means whereby one lives
Related: keep, livelihood, living, bread_and_butter, sustenance
  • "each child was expected to pay for their keep"
  • "he applied to the state for support"
  • "he could no longer earn his own livelihood"
hold noun
1. (cell) a cell in a jail or prison
Related: keep
prevent verb
1. stop (someone or something) from doing something or being in a certain state
Related: keep
Antonyms: let
  • "We must prevent the cancer from spreading"
  • "His snoring kept me from falling asleep"
  • "Keep the child from eating the marbles"
continue verb
1. (act) continue a certain state, condition, or activity
Related: go_on, proceed, go_along, keep
Antonyms: discontinue
  • "Keep on working!"
  • "We continued to work into the night"
  • "Keep smiling"
  • "We went on working until well past midnight"
observe verb
1. conform one's action or practice to
Related: keep
Antonyms: transgress
  • "keep appointments"
  • "she never keeps her promises"
  • "We kept to the original conditions of the contract"
2. stick to correctly or closely
Related: keep, maintain
  • "The pianist kept time with the metronome"
  • "keep count"
  • "I cannot keep track of all my employees"
3. behave as expected during of holidays or rites
Related: celebrate, keep
  • "Keep the commandments"
  • "celebrate Christmas"
  • "Observe Yom Kippur"
retain verb
1. (prolong) allow to remain in a place or position or maintain a property or feature
Related: continue, keep, keep_on
  • "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"
preserve verb
1. (cook) prevent (food) from rotting
Related: keep
  • "preserved meats"
  • "keep potatoes fresh"
sustain verb
1. (have) supply with necessities and support
Related: keep, maintain
  • "She alone sustained her family"
  • "The money will sustain our good cause"
  • "There's little to earn and many to keep"
restrain verb
1. prevent the action or expression of
Related: keep, keep_back, hold_back
  • "hold back your anger"
  • "keep your cool"
  • "she struggled to restrain her impatience at the delays"
keep_open verb
1. (reserve) retain rights to
Related: hold_open, keep, save
  • "keep my job for me while I give birth"
  • "keep my seat, please"
  • "keep open the possibility of a merger"
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