1. [ verb ] keep in a certain state, position, or activity; e.g., "keep clean"
Synonyms: hold maintain

"hold in place" "She always held herself as a lady" "The students keep me on my toes"

Related terms: continue keep_waiting hold_over conserve preserve housekeep distance carry pressurize survive refrain_from postpone resist prolong delay exclude keep_up check bypass keep_in sequester keep_off number keep_off maintainer
2. [ verb ] continue a certain state, condition, or activity
Synonyms: continue go_on keep_on go_along proceed

"Keep on working!" "We continued to work into the night" "Keep smiling" "We went on working until well past midnight"

Related terms: discontinue act hold ride run_on continue continue lengthiness
3. [ verb ] retain possession of
Synonyms: hold_on

"Can I keep my old stuffed animals?" "She kept her maiden name after she married"

Related terms: lose have must reserve retain save preserve store deny store withhold harbor carry_over retain withhold keep_open
4. [ verb ] prevent from doing something or being in a certain state
Synonyms: prevent

"We must prevent the cancer from spreading" "His snoring kept me from falling asleep" "Keep the child from eating the marbles"

Related terms: let defend restrain exclude impede keep_away rain_out hold blank prevention
5. [ verb ] conform one's action or practice to
Synonyms: observe

"keep appointments" "she never keeps her promises" "We kept to the original conditions of the contract"

Related terms: make_good keeping honoring
6. [ verb ] observe correctly or closely
Synonyms: observe maintain

"The pianist kept time with the metronome" "keep count" "I cannot keep track of all my employees"

Related terms: observation observation observation
7. [ verb ] look after; be the keeper of; have charge of

"He keeps the shop when I am gone"

Related terms: have must save preserve guardianship
8. [ verb ] maintain by writing regular records
Synonyms: maintain

"keep a diary" "maintain a record" "keep notes"

Related terms: record
9. [ verb ] supply with necessities and support
Synonyms: maintain sustain

: "She alone sustained her family" "The money will sustain our good cause" "There's little to earn and many to keep"

Related terms: have must reseed carry patronage carry support maintenance
10. [ verb ] allow to remain in a place or position
Synonyms: continue retain keep_going 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"

Related terms: prolong continue run_on lengthiness
11. [ verb ] (housing) supply with room and board

"He is keeping three women in the guest cottage" "keep boarders"

Related terms: lodge
12. [ verb ] keep under control; keep in check
Synonyms: restrain hold_back suppress keep_back

"suppress a smile" "Keep your temper" "keep your cool"

Related terms: prevent control hold confine bottle_up quench suppression
13. [ verb ] fail to spoil or rot
Synonyms: stay_fresh

"These potatoes keep for a long time"

Related terms: stay preserve
14. [ verb ] celebrate, as of holidays or rites
Synonyms: celebrate observe

"Keep the commandments" "celebrate Christmas" "Observe Yom Kippur"

Related terms: commemorate mourn solemnize ceremony celebration celebrant celebration
15. [ verb ] maintain in safety form injury, harm, or danger
Synonyms: preserve

"May God keep you"

Related terms: protect preserve
16. [ verb ] retain rights to
Synonyms: save hold_open keep_open

"keep my job for me while I give birth" "keep my seat, please" "keep open the possibility of a merger"

Related terms: reserve reserve
17. [ verb ] maintain for use and service
Synonyms: maintain

"I keep a car in the countryside" "She keeps an apartment in Paris for her shopping trips"

Related terms: have must
18. [ verb ] 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"

Related terms: have must
19. [ verb ] hold and prevent from leaving

"The student was kept after school"

Related terms: confine prevent hold
20. [ noun ] (medieval) the main tower within the walls of a medieval castle or fortress
Synonyms: dungeon donjon
Related terms: stronghold black_hole_of_calcutta oubliette castle
21. [ verb ] (food) prevent from rotting, of foods
Synonyms: preserve

"preserved meats" "keep potatoes fresh"

Related terms: cook prepare can cure refrigerate corn salt dehydrate conserve pickle freeze-dry
22. [ verb ] store or keep customarily

"Where do you keep your gardening tools?"

Related terms: store
23. [ noun ] Last name, frequency rank in the U.S. is 23716
24. [ verb ] (food,agriculture) raise

"She keeps a few chickens in the yard" "he keeps bees"

Related terms: grow herd
25. [ noun ] the financial means whereby one lives
Synonyms: support 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"

Related terms: resource comforts subsistence maintenance meal_ticket sustain
26. [ noun ] a cell in a jail or prison
Synonyms: hold
Related terms: cell
Similar spelling:   kepi