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keep

noun (n)

  • the financial means whereby one lives (noun.possession)
    Example:
    Each child was expected to pay for their keep.
    source: wordnet30
  • the main tower within the walls of a medieval castle or fortress (noun.artifact)
    Synonym: donjon, dungeon
    source: wordnet30
  • a cell in a jail or prison (noun.artifact)
    Synonym: hold
    source: wordnet30
  • The act or office of keeping; custody; guard; care; heed; charge. (noun)
    source: webster1913

verb (v)

  • keep in a certain state, position, or activity; e.g., (verb.stative)
    Synonym: hold, maintain
    Example:
    Keep clean.
    The students keep me on my toes.
    source: wordnet30
  • continue a certain state, condition, or activity (verb.stative)
    Synonym: continue, go along, go on, proceed
    Antonym: discontinue
    Example:
    Keep on working!.
    Keep smiling.
    source: wordnet30
  • retain possession of (verb.possession)
    Synonym: hold on
    Antonym: lose
    Example:
    Can I keep my old stuffed animals?.
    source: wordnet30
  • stop (someone or something) from doing something or being in a certain state (verb.social)
    Synonym: prevent
    Antonym: allow, let, permit
    Example:
    Keep the child from eating the marbles.
    source: wordnet30
  • conform one's action or practice to (verb.social)
    Example:
    Keep appointments.
    She never keeps her promises.
    source: wordnet30
  • stick to correctly or closely (verb.cognition)
    Synonym: maintain, observe
    Example:
    Keep count.
    I cannot keep track of all my employees.
    source: wordnet30
  • look after; be the keeper of; have charge of (verb.possession)
    Example:
    He keeps the shop when I am gone.
    source: wordnet30
  • maintain by writing regular records (verb.communication)
    Synonym: maintain
    Example:
    Keep a diary.
    Keep notes.
    source: wordnet30
  • supply with room and board (verb.stative)
    Example:
    He is keeping three women in the guest cottage.
    Keep boarders.
    source: wordnet30
  • allow to remain in a place or position or maintain a property or feature (verb.social)
    Synonym: continue, keep on, retain
    Example:
    The family's fortune waned and they could not keep their household staff.
    Our grant has run out and we cannot keep you on.
    source: wordnet30
  • supply with necessities and support (verb.consumption)
    Synonym: maintain, sustain
    Example:
    There's little to earn and many to keep.
    source: wordnet30
  • fail to spoil or rot (verb.stative)
    Synonym: stay fresh
    Example:
    These potatoes keep for a long time.
    source: wordnet30
  • behave as expected during of holidays or rites (verb.social)
    Synonym: celebrate, observe
    Example:
    Keep the commandments.
    source: wordnet30
  • keep under control; keep in check (verb.social)
    Example:
    Keep your temper.
    Keep your cool.
    source: wordnet30
  • maintain in safety from injury, harm, or danger (verb.stative)
    Synonym: preserve
    Example:
    May God keep you.
    source: wordnet30
  • raise (verb.stative)
    Example:
    She keeps a few chickens in the yard.
    He keeps bees.
    source: wordnet30
  • retain rights to (verb.possession)
    Example:
    Keep my job for me while I give birth.
    Keep my seat, please.
    Keep open the possibility of a merger.
    source: wordnet30
  • store or keep customarily (verb.possession)
    Example:
    Where do you keep your gardening tools?.
    source: wordnet30
  • have as a supply (verb.possession)
    Example:
    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.
    source: wordnet30
  • maintain for use and service (verb.possession)
    Example:
    I keep a car in the countryside.
    She keeps an apartment in Paris for her shopping trips.
    source: wordnet30
  • hold and prevent from leaving (verb.contact)
    source: wordnet30
  • prevent (food) from rotting (verb.change)
    Example:
    Keep potatoes fresh.
    source: wordnet30
  • To care; to desire. (verb)
    source: webster1913
  • To remain in any position or state; to continue; to abide; to stay; as, to keep at a distance; to keep aloft; to keep near; to keep in the house; to keep before or behind; to keep in favor; to keep out of company, or out reach. (verb)
    source: webster1913

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