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keep - Dictionary definition and meaning for word keep

Definition
(noun) the financial means whereby one lives
Example Sentence
  • each child was expected to pay for their keep
  • he applied to the state for support
  • he could no longer earn his own livelihood

Definition
(noun) the main tower within the walls of a medieval castle or fortress
Synonyms : donjon , dungeon

Definition
(noun) a cell in a jail or prison
Synonyms : hold

Definition
(verb) keep in a certain state, position, or activity; e.g.,
Synonyms : hold , maintain
Example Sentence
  • keep clean
  • hold in place
  • She always held herself as a lady
  • The students keep me on my toes

Definition
(verb) continue a certain state, condition, or activity
Synonyms : continue , go along , go on , proceed
Example Sentence
  • Keep on working!
  • We continued to work into the night
  • Keep smiling
  • We went on working until well past midnight

Definition
(verb) retain possession of
Synonyms : hold on
Example Sentence
  • Can I keep my old stuffed animals?
  • She kept her maiden name after she married

Definition
(verb) stop (someone or something) from doing something or being in a certain state
Synonyms : prevent
Example Sentence
  • We must prevent the cancer from spreading
  • His snoring kept me from falling asleep
  • Keep the child from eating the marbles

Definition
(verb) conform one's action or practice to
Synonyms : observe
Example Sentence
  • keep appointments
  • she never keeps her promises
  • We kept to the original conditions of the contract

Definition
(verb) stick to correctly or closely
Synonyms : maintain , observe
Example Sentence
  • The pianist kept time with the metronome
  • keep count
  • I cannot keep track of all my employees

Definition
(verb) look after; be the keeper of; have charge of
Example Sentence
  • He keeps the shop when I am gone

Definition
(verb) maintain by writing regular records
Synonyms : maintain
Example Sentence
  • keep a diary
  • maintain a record
  • keep notes

Definition
(verb) supply with room and board
Example Sentence
  • He is keeping three women in the guest cottage
  • keep boarders

Definition
(verb) allow to remain in a place or position or maintain a property or feature
Synonyms : continue , keep on , retain
Example Sentence
  • 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 work going as long as we could
  • She retained her composure
  • this garment retains its shape even after many washings

Definition
(verb) supply with necessities and support
Synonyms : maintain , sustain
Example Sentence
  • She alone sustained her family
  • The money will sustain our good cause
  • There's little to earn and many to keep

Definition
(verb) fail to spoil or rot
Synonyms : stay fresh
Example Sentence
  • These potatoes keep for a long time

Definition
(verb) behave as expected during of holidays or rites
Synonyms : celebrate , observe
Example Sentence
  • Keep the commandments
  • celebrate Christmas
  • Observe Yom Kippur

Definition
(verb) keep under control; keep in check
Synonyms : hold back , keep back , restrain
Example Sentence
  • suppress a smile
  • Keep your temper
  • keep your cool

Definition
(verb) maintain in safety from injury, harm, or danger
Synonyms : preserve
Example Sentence
  • May God keep you

Definition
(verb) raise
Example Sentence
  • She keeps a few chickens in the yard
  • he keeps bees

Definition
(verb) retain rights to
Synonyms : hold open , keep open , save
Example Sentence
  • keep my job for me while I give birth
  • keep my seat, please
  • keep open the possibility of a merger

Definition
(verb) store or keep customarily
Example Sentence
  • Where do you keep your gardening tools?

Definition
(verb) have as a supply
Example Sentence
  • 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

Definition
(verb) maintain for use and service
Synonyms : maintain
Example Sentence
  • I keep a car in the countryside
  • She keeps an apartment in Paris for her shopping trips

Definition
(verb) hold and prevent from leaving
Example Sentence
  • The student was kept after school

Definition
(verb) prevent (food) from rotting
Synonyms : preserve
Example Sentence
  • preserved meats
  • keep potatoes fresh

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