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Definitions of keep:

  • noun:   the main tower within the walls of a medieval castle or fortress
  • noun:   a cell in a jail or prison
  • noun:   the financial means whereby one lives
    Example: "Each child was expected to pay for their keep"
  • verb:   retain possession of
    Example: "Can I keep my old stuffed animals?"
  • verb:   look after; be the keeper of; have charge of
    Example: "He keeps the shop when I am gone"
  • verb:   maintain for use and service
    Example: "I keep a car in the countryside"
  • verb:   have as a supply
    Example: "I always keep batteries in the freezer"
  • verb:   store or keep customarily
    Example: "Where do you keep your gardening tools?"
  • verb:   supply with room and board
    Example: "He is keeping three women in the guest cottage"
  • verb:   raise
    Example: "She keeps a few chickens in the yard"
  • verb:   keep in a certain state, position, or activity
    Example: "E.g., keep clean"
  • verb:   maintain in safety from injury, harm, or danger
    Example: "May God keep you"
  • verb:   fail to spoil or rot
    Example: "These potatoes keep for a long time"
  • verb:   maintain by writing regular records
    Example: "Keep a diary"
  • verb:   hold and prevent from leaving
  • verb:   prevent (food) from rotting
    Example: "Keep potatoes fresh"
  • verb:   prevent from doing something or being in a certain state
    Example: "Keep the child from eating the marbles"
  • verb:   conform one's action or practice to
    Example: "Keep appointments"
  • verb:   observe correctly or closely
    Example: "Keep count"
  • verb:   supply with necessities and support
    Example: "There's little to earn and many to keep"
  • verb:   retain rights to
    Example: "Keep my job for me while I give birth"
  • verb:   allow to remain in a place or position
    Example: "The family's fortune waned and they could not keep their household staff"
  • verb:   keep under control; keep in check
    Example: "Keep your temper"
  • verb:   celebrate, as of holidays or rites
    Example: "Keep the commandments"
  • verb:   continue a certain state, condition, or activity
    Example: "Keep on working!"
  • name:  A surname (very rare: popularity rank in the U.S.: #23716)


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