[ UK /kˈiːp/ ]
[ US /ˈkip/ ]
  1. retain possession of
    She kept her maiden name after she married
    Can I keep my old stuffed animals?
  2. supply with room and board
    He is keeping three women in the guest cottage
    keep boarders
  3. hold and prevent from leaving
    The student was kept after school
  4. prevent (food) from rotting
    keep potatoes fresh
    preserved meats
  5. behave as expected during of holidays or rites
    Observe Yom Kippur
    Keep the commandments
    celebrate Christmas
  6. have as a supply
    I always keep batteries in the freezer
    She keeps a sixpack and a week's worth of supplies in the refrigerator
    keep food for a week in the pantry
  7. continue a certain state, condition, or activity
    Keep smiling
    We went on working until well past midnight
    Keep on working!
    We continued to work into the night
  8. cause to continue in a certain state, position, or activity; e.g., `keep clean'
    She always held herself as a lady
    The students keep me on my toes
    hold in place
  9. stick to correctly or closely
    The pianist kept time with the metronome
    I cannot keep track of all my employees
    keep count
  10. supply with necessities and support
    The money will sustain our good cause
    She alone sustained her family
    There's little to earn and many to keep
  11. maintain for use and service
    I keep a car in the countryside
    She keeps an apartment in Paris for her shopping trips
  12. store or keep customarily
    Where do you keep your gardening tools?
  13. prevent the action or expression of
    hold back your anger
    keep your cool
    she struggled to restrain her impatience at the delays
    keep your cool
  14. maintain by writing regular records
    keep notes
    maintain a record
    keep a diary
  15. look after; be the keeper of; have charge of
    He keeps the shop when I am gone
  16. raise
    he keeps bees
    She keeps a few chickens in the yard
  17. conform one's action or practice to
    We kept to the original conditions of the contract
    she never keeps her promises
    keep appointments
  18. stop (someone or something) from doing something or being in a certain state
    Keep the child from eating the marbles
    We must prevent the cancer from spreading
    His snoring kept me from falling asleep
  19. maintain in safety from injury, harm, or danger
    May God keep you
  20. fail to spoil or rot
    These potatoes keep for a long time
  21. allow to remain in a place or position or maintain a property or feature
    We cannot continue several servants any longer
    She retained her composure
    Our grant has run out and we cannot keep you on
    this garment retains its shape even after many washings
    We kept the work going as long as we could
    She retains a lawyer
    The family's fortune waned and they could not keep their household staff
  22. retain rights to
    keep my job for me while I give birth
    keep my seat, please
    keep open the possibility of a merger
  1. a cell in a jail or prison
  2. the financial means whereby one lives
    he applied to the state for support
    he could no longer earn his own livelihood
    each child was expected to pay for their keep
  3. the main tower within the walls of a medieval castle or fortress
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How To Use keep In A Sentence

  • Moreover, she is being asked to do this while remaining scrupulously impartial and keeping the viewer entertained with talk of trade deals, tariffs and employment figures. Times, Sunday Times
  • Kids at one Connecticut school don't like a new rule, but you probably won't hear them expressing themselves by using profanity: the rule to keep kids from cussing.
  • 'When I was a little girl I used to slip away from my nurse, climb to the top of my uncle's keep and sit in the crenel spaces. The Falcons of Montabard
  • The dozen pictures she had shot during a recent bath time -- including a few of Nora rinsing with a handheld shower sprayer -- were, for Cynthia, simply part of the vast photographic record she was keeping of her family's life. Lynn Powell: Pornographer or Soccer Mom?
  • Human relations do not always rely on meeting each other in person every day. When we talk about relationships between people on either side of the border, just a few thousand miles can’t keep love from growing and blooming into a beautiful bonding. Gulzar 
  • If you accept that you have to do mass education - and, to keep costs low and for a lot of other reasons, I think that's not an unreasonable conclusion - you have to systematize it.
  • We spend our days hunting for things to keep us alive. Times, Sunday Times
  • An old poacher makes the best keeper
  • This white-naped mangabey monkey was born at The Bioparco Zoo in Rome, Italy, and is part of an international breeding program to keep the species alive.
  • It is the way they keep their finger on the pulse and keep in touch with their audience.
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