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Keep meaning

keep - 34 dictionary results

  1. 1. prevent ( food) from rotting; " preserved meats"; " keep potatoes fresh"
  2. 2. look after; be the keeper of; have charge of; " He keeps the shop when I am gone"
  3. 3. 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"
  4. 4. supply with room and board; " He is keeping three women in the guest cottage"; " keep boarders"
  5. 5. raise; " She keeps a few chickens in the yard"; " he keeps bees"
  6. 6. To care; to desire.
  7. 7. 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.
  8. 8. To cause to remain in a given situation or condition; to maintain unchanged; to hold or preserve in any state or tenor.
  9. 9. To have in custody; to have in some place for preservation; to take charge of.
  10. 10. To preserve from danger, harm, or loss; to guard.
  11. 11. To preserve from discovery or publicity; not to communicate, reveal, or betray, as a secret.
  12. 12. To attend upon; to have the care of; to tend.
  13. 13. To record transactions, accounts, or events in; as, to keep books, a journal, etc. ; also, to enter ( as accounts, records, etc. ) in a book.
  14. 14. To maintain, as an establishment, institution, or the like; to conduct; to manage; as, to keep store.
  15. 15. To supply with necessaries of life; to entertain; as, to keep boarders.
  16. 16. To have in one's service; to have and maintain, as an assistant, a servant, a mistress, a horse, etc.
  17. 17. To have habitually in stock for sale.
  18. 18. 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.
  19. 19. 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.
  20. 20. 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.
  21. 21. To observe duty, as a festival, etc. ; to celebrate; to solemnize; as, to keep a feast.
  22. 22. 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.
  23. 23. To last; to endure; to remain unimpaired.
  24. 24. To reside for a time; to lodge; to dwell.
  25. 25. To take care; to be solicitous; to watch.
  26. 26. To be in session; as, school keeps to- day.
  27. 27. The act or office of keeping; custody; guard; care; heed; charge.
  28. 28. The state of being kept; hence, the resulting condition; case; as, to be in good keep.
  29. 29. The means or provisions by which one is kept; maintenance; support; as, the keep of a horse.
  30. 30. 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.
  31. 31. That which is kept in charge; a charge.
  32. 32. A cap for retaining anything, as a journal box, in place.
  33. 33. To guard; maintain; preserve; retain.
  34. 34. To stay; endure.

keep - examples of usage

  1. Why do you try to keep us here?
  2. Keep it for me, Katharine. - "Night and Day", Virginia Woolf.
  3. She could not keep up with them. - "The Shepherd of the North", Richard Aumerle Maher.
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