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Keep 1Definition: To care; to desire.
Keep 2Definition: To cause to remain in a given situation or condition; to maintain
unchanged; to hold or preserve in any state or tenor.
Keep 3Definition: To have in custody; to have in some place for preservation; to take charge of.
Keep 4Definition: To preserve from danger, harm, or loss; to guard.
Keep 5Definition: To preserve from discovery or publicity; not to communicate, reveal, or betray, as a secret.
Keep 6Definition: To attend upon; to have the care of; to tend.
Keep 7Definition: To record
transactions, accounts, or
events in; as, to keep
books, a journal,
etc. also, to enter (as
accounts, records, etc. in a book.
Keep 8Definition: To maintain, as an establishment, institution, or the like; to conduct; to manage; as, to keep store.
Keep 9Definition: To supply with necessaries of life; to entertain; as, to keep
Keep 10Definition: To have
habitually in stock for sale.
Keep 11Definition: 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.
Keep 12Definition: To observe duty, as a festival,
etc. to celebrate; to solemnize; as, to keep a feast.
Keep 13Definition: 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.
Keep 14Definition: To last; to endure; to remain
Keep 15Definition: To reside for a time; to lodge; to dwell.
Keep 16Definition: To take care; to be solicitous; to watch.
Keep 17Definition: To be in session; as, school
Keep 18Definition: The act or office of keeping; custody; guard; care; heed; charge.
Keep 19Definition: The state of being kept; hence, the resulting condition; case; as, to be in good keep.
Keep 20Definition: The
provisions by which one is kept; maintenance; support; as, the keep of a horse.
Keep 21Definition: That which
protects; a stronghold; a fortress; a castle; specifically, the
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.
Keep 22Definition: That which is kept in charge; a charge.
Keep 23Definition: A cap for retaining anything, as a journal box, in place.
keep 24Definition: a cell in a jail or prison
keep 25Definition: the main tower within the
walls of a medieval castle or fortress
keep 26Definition: 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"
keep 27Definition: prevent (food) from rotting; "preserved
meats"; "keep potatoes fresh"
keep 28Definition: observe correctly or closely; "The pianist kept time with the metronome"; "keep count"; "I cannot keep track of all my
keep 29Definition: maintain by writing regular
records; "keep a diary"; "maintain a record"; "keep
keep 30Definition: 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"
keep 31Definition: hold and prevent from leaving; "The student was kept after school"
keep 32Definition: retain possession of; "Can I keep my old stuffed
animals?"; "She kept her maiden name after she married"
keep 33Definition: look after; be the keeper of; have charge of; "He
keeps the shop when I am gone"
keep 34Definition: maintain for use and service; "I keep a car in the countryside"; "She
keeps an apartment in Paris for her shopping
keep 35Definition: have as a supply; "I always keep batteries in the freezer"; "keep food for a week in the pantry"; "She
sixpack and a
week''s worth of supplies in the refrigerator"
keep 36Definition: store or keep customarily; "Where do you keep your gardening
keep 37Definition: retain
rights to; "keep my job for me while I give birth"; "keep my seat, please"; "keep open the possibility of a merger"
keep 38Definition: 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
keep 39Definition: keep under control; keep in check; "suppress a smile"; "Keep your temper"; "keep your cool"
keep 40Definition: 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"
keep 41Definition: celebrate, as of
rites; "Keep the
commandments"; "celebrate Christmas"; "Observe
keep 42Definition: conform one''s action or practice to; "keep
appointments"; "she never
promises"; "We kept to the original
conditions of the contract"
keep 43Definition: supply with room and board; "He is keeping three women in the guest cottage"; "keep
keep 44Definition: raise; "She
keeps a few
chickens in the yard"; "he
keep 45Definition: 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
keep 46Definition: 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"
keep 47Definition: maintain in safety from injury, harm, or danger; "May God keep you"
keep 48Definition: fail to spoil or rot; "These potatoes keep for a long time"