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'keep' - used as a noun
Synonyms for 'keep'
1. the financial means whereby one lives
each child was expected to pay for their keep
2. the main tower within the walls of a medieval castle or fortress
3. a cell in a jail or prison

'keep' - used as a verb
4. keep in a certain state, position, or activity; e.g., "keep clean"
The students keep me on my toes
5. continue a certain state, condition, or activity
Keep on working!
Keep smiling
6. retain possession of
Can I keep my old stuffed animals?
She kept her maiden name after she married
7. prevent from doing something or being in a certain state
His snoring kept me from falling asleep
Keep the child from eating the marbles
8. conform one's action or practice to
keep appointments
she never keeps her promises
We kept to the original conditions of the contract
9. observe correctly or closely
The pianist kept time with the metronome
keep count
I cannot keep track of all my employees
10. look after; be the keeper of; have charge of
He keeps the shop when I am gone
11. maintain by writing regular records
keep a diary
keep notes
12. supply with room and board
He is keeping three women in the guest cottage
keep boarders
13. allow to remain in a place or position
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 work going as long as we could
14. supply with necessities and support
There's little to earn and many to keep
15. fail to spoil or rot
These potatoes keep for a long time
16. celebrate, as of holidays or rites
Keep the commandments
17. keep under control; keep in check
Keep your temper
keep your cool
18. maintain in safety from injury, harm, or danger
May God keep you
19. raise
She keeps a few chickens in the yard
he keeps bees
20. retain rights to
keep my job for me while I give birth
keep my seat, please
keep open the possibility of a merger
21. store or keep customarily
Where do you keep your gardening tools?
22. 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
23. maintain for use and service
I keep a car in the countryside
She keeps an apartment in Paris for her shopping trips
24. hold and prevent from leaving
The student was kept after school
25. prevent (food) from rotting
keep potatoes fresh

derived forms
1. Keep / Plural
2. Keep / Past
3. Keep / Third Person
4. Keep / Present Participle
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Variations of 'keep'
  • lose
  • break
    Past Words of the day
    Who Said that ?
    To keep the heart unwrinkled, to be hopeful, kindly, cheerful, reverent that is to triumph over old age. - Click here to find out.
    Fact of the day
    If you keep a Goldfish in the dark room, it will eventually turn white.