Search Result:keep

KK Pronunciation

〔 kip 〕


〔 kiːp 〕

Overview of noun keep

The noun keep has 3 senses

  • support, keep, livelihood, living, bread and butter, sustenance -- (the financial means whereby one lives; "each child was expected to pay for their keep"; "he applied to the state for support"; "he could no longer earn his own livelihood")

  • keep, donjon, dungeon -- (the main tower within the walls of a medieval castle or fortress)

  • hold, keep -- (a cell in a jail or prison)

Overview of verb keep

The verb keep has 22 senses

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

  • continue, go on, proceed, go along, keep -- (continue a certain state, condition, or activity; "Keep on working!"; "We continued to work into the night"; "Keep smiling"; "We went on working until well past midnight")

  • keep, hold on -- (retain possession of; "Can I keep my old stuffed animals?"; "She kept her maiden name after she married")

  • prevent, keep -- (stop (someone or something) from doing something or being in a certain state; "We must prevent the cancer from spreading"; "His snoring kept me from falling asleep"; "Keep the child from eating the marbles")

  • observe, keep -- (conform one's action or practice to; "keep appointments"; "she never keeps her promises"; "We kept to the original conditions of the contract")

  • observe, keep, maintain -- (stick to correctly or closely; "The pianist kept time with the metronome"; "keep count"; "I cannot keep track of all my employees")

  • keep -- (look after; be the keeper of; have charge of; "He keeps the shop when I am gone")

  • keep, maintain -- (maintain by writing regular records; "keep a diary"; "maintain a record"; "keep notes")

  • keep -- (supply with room and board; "He is keeping three women in the guest cottage"; "keep boarders")

  • retain, continue, keep, keep on -- (allow to remain in a place or position or maintain a property or feature; "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")

  • sustain, keep, maintain -- (supply with necessities and support; "She alone sustained her family"; "The money will sustain our good cause"; "There's little to earn and many to keep")

  • keep, stay fresh -- (fail to spoil or rot; "These potatoes keep for a long time")

  • observe, celebrate, keep -- (behave as expected during of holidays or rites; "Keep the commandments"; "celebrate Christmas"; "Observe Yom Kippur")

  • restrain, keep, keep back, hold back -- (keep under control; keep in check; "suppress a smile"; "Keep your temper"; "keep your cool")

  • keep, preserve -- (maintain in safety from injury, harm, or danger; "May God keep you")

  • keep -- (raise; "She keeps a few chickens in the yard"; "he keeps bees")

  • keep open, hold open, keep, save -- (retain rights to; "keep my job for me while I give birth"; "keep my seat, please"; "keep open the possibility of a merger")

  • keep -- (store or keep customarily; "Where do you keep your gardening tools?")

  • keep -- (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")

  • keep, maintain -- (maintain for use and service; "I keep a car in the countryside"; "She keeps an apartment in Paris for her shopping trips")

  • keep -- (hold and prevent from leaving; "The student was kept after school")

  • preserve, keep -- (prevent (food) from rotting; "preserved meats"; "keep potatoes fresh")