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  Definition of Keep
  1. a cell in a jail or prison
  2. the main tower within the walls of a medieval castle or fortress
  3. 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"
  4. prevent (food) from rotting; "preserved meats"; "keep potatoes fresh"
  5. observe correctly or closely; "The pianist kept time with the metronome"; "keep count"; "I cannot keep track of all my employees"
  6. maintain by writing regular records; "keep a diary"; "maintain a record"; "keep notes"
  7. 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"
  8. hold and prevent from leaving; "The student was kept after school"
  9. retain possession of; "Can I keep my old stuffed animals?"; "She kept her maiden name after she married"
  10. look after; be the keeper of; have charge of; "He keeps the shop when I am gone"
  11. maintain for use and service; "I keep a car in the countryside"; "She keeps an apartment in Paris for her shopping trips"
  12. 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"
  13. store or keep customarily; "Where do you keep your gardening tools?"
  14. retain rights to; "keep my job for me while I give birth"; "keep my seat, please"; "keep open the possibility of a merger"
  15. 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
  16. keep under control; keep in check; "suppress a smile"; "Keep your temper"; "keep your cool"
  17. 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"
  18. celebrate, as of holidays or rites; "Keep the commandments"; "celebrate Christmas"; "Observe Yom Kippur"
  19. conform one''s action or practice to; "keep appointments"; "she never keeps her promises"; "We kept to the original conditions of the contract"
  20. supply with room and board; "He is keeping three women in the guest cottage"; "keep boarders"
  21. raise; "She keeps a few chickens in the yard"; "he keeps bees"
  22. 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"
  23. 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"
  24. maintain in safety from injury, harm, or danger; "May God keep you"
  25. fail to spoil or rot; "These potatoes keep for a long time"
Similar Words: hold, donjon, dungeon, support, livelihood, living, bread and butter, sustenance, preserve, observe, maintain, sustain, hold on, keep open, hold open, save, retain, continue, keep on, keep going, restrain, suppress, keep back, hold back, prevent, celebrate, go on, proceed, go along, stay fresh


See Also: withhold, keep back, retain, hold, hold back, check, turn back, arrest, stop, contain, resist, hold out, withstand, stand firm, hold over, survive, last, live, live on, go, endure, hold up, delay, detain, keep in, exclude, keep out, shut out, shut, keep off, avoid, prolong, sustain, keep up, stay off, number, keep down, sequester, sequestrate, keep apart, set apart, isolate


Hyponyms: Black Hole of Calcutta, comforts, creature comforts, amenities, conveniences, maintenance, meal ticket, subsistence, freeze-dry, conserve, dehydrate, desiccate, pickle, salt, can, tin, put up, refrigerate, cure, corn, patronage, reseed, carry, carry over, hold over, deny, refuse, withhold, deduct, recoup, save, preserve, store, hive away, lay in, put in, salt away, stack away, stash away, retain, hold, keep back, hold back, harbor, harbour, maintain, keep up, confine, quench, bottle up, suppress, control, hold in, contain, check, curb, moderate, defend, restrain, exclude, keep out, shut out, shut, keep away, blank, impede, hinder, rain out, wash out, commemorate, mark, mourn, solemnize, solemnise, make good, herd, pressurize, pressurise, continue, uphold, carry on, bear on, distance, housekeep, run on, keep going, ride


Grouped Verbs: stay fresh, prevent, keep open, hold open, save, preserve, hold on, run on, keep going, continue, persist in, uphold, carry on, bear on


Part Meronyms: castle


Derivational Morphology: restrain, confine, hold, sustain, maintain, support, conserve, preserve, conserves, preserves, preserver, observation, reflection, reflexion, notice, observance, watching, maintenance, sustenance, sustentation, sustainment, upkeep, livelihood, living, bread and butter, retention, keeping, holding, keeper, custodian, steward, guardianship, safekeeping, lengthiness, prolongation, continuation, protraction, suppression, curtailment, restrainer, controller, restraint, prevention, bar, celebration, jubilation, solemnization, solemnisation, festivity, celebrant, celebrator, celebrater, ceremony, ceremonial, ceremonial occasion, honoring, upholder, maintainer, sustainer, continuance, preservation, saving


Anagrams: peek, Peke


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