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Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary
keep (verb)
transitive verb
1.
to take notice of by appropriate conduct as - fulfill
a) to be faithful to - keep a promise
b) to act fittingly in relation to - keep the Sabbath
c) to conform to in habits or conduct - keep late hours
d) to stay in accord with (a beat) - keep time
2.
as - preserve maintain
a) to watch over and defend - keep us from harm
b) (1) to take care of - tend keep a garden
(2) - support
(3) to maintain in a good, fitting, or orderly condition - usually used with up
c) to continue to maintain - keep watch
d) (1) to cause to remain in a given place, situation, or condition - keep him waiting
(2) to preserve (food) in an unspoiled condition
e) (1) to have or maintain in an established position or relationship - keep a mistress often used with on kept the cook on
(2) to lodge or feed for pay - keep boarders
f) (1) to maintain a record in - keep a diary
(2) to enter in a book - keep records
g) to have customarily in stock for sale
3.
a) to restrain from departure or removal - detain keep children after school
b) - hold back restrain keep them from going kept him back with difficulty
c) - save reserve keep some for later kept some out for a friend
d) to refrain from revealing - keep a secret
4.
a) to retain in one's possession or power - kept the money we found
b) to refrain from granting, giving, or allowing - kept the news back
c) to have in control - keep your temper
5.
to confine oneself to - keep my room
6.
a) to stay or continue in - keep the path keep your seat
b) to stay or remain on or in usually against opposition - hold kept her ground
7.
intransitive verb
- conduct manage keep a tearoom
1.
chiefly British - live lodge
2.
a) to maintain a course, direction, or progress - keep to the right
b) to continue usually without interruption - keep talking keep quiet keep on smiling
c) to persist in a practice - kept bothering them kept on smoking in spite of warnings
3.
as - stay remain keep out of the way keep off the grass
a) to stay even - usually used with up keep up with the Joneses
b) to remain in good condition - meat will keep in the freezer
c) to remain secret - the secret would keep
d) to call for no immediate action - the matter will keep until morning
4.
- abstain refrain can't keep from talking
5.
to be in session - school will keep through the winter W. M. Thayer
6.
of a quarterback to retain possession of a football especially after faking a handoff
keep (noun)
1.
a) archaic - custody charge
b) - maintenance
2.
one that or protects as - keeps
a) - fortress castle , specifically the strongest and securest part of a medieval castle
b) one whose job is to keep or tend
c) - prison jail
3.
the means or provisions by which one is kept - earned his keep
4.
- keeper
Merriam-Webster Online Thesaurus
keep (noun)
the act or activity of keeping something in an existing and usually satisfactory condition
SYNONIMS:
care and feeding, conservation, conserving, keep, preservation, preserving, sustentation, upkeep
RELATED WORDS:
conservancy; support, sustaining; care, custody, guardianship; defense, guarding, protection, safeguarding, safekeeping
NEAR ANTONYMS:
dereliction, disregard, ignoring, inattention, neglect, negligence; damage, demolition, destruction, harm, hurt, injury, ruin, ruination
keep (verb)
1.
to mark with an appropriate practice, rite, or ceremony
SYNONIMS:
celebrate, commemorate, observe
RELATED WORDS:
bless, consecrate, sanctify, solemnize; fete ( fête), honor, laud, praise; memorialize, remember
NEAR ANTONYMS:
blow off, disregard, forget, ignore, neglect, overlook
break, transgress, violate
keep (verb)
2.
to continue to have in one's possession or power
SYNONIMS:
hold, reserve, retain, withhold
RELATED WORDS:
conserve, guard, preserve, protect, save; boast, enjoy, have, own, possess; command, control, detain, direct, manage, rule; bear, harbor; cherish, cling (to), hug, treasure
hang on to, hold on to
NEAR ANTONYMS:
abandon, cede, drop; contribute, donate, give, hand out; discard, dump; decline, reject, repudiate, spurn; lose
give up, hand over, release, relinquish, surrender, yield
keep (verb)
3.
to do what is required by the terms of
SYNONIMS:
answer, complete, comply (with), fill, keep, meet, redeem, satisfy
RELATED WORDS:
conclude, consummate, finalize, finish, perfect; accomplish, achieve, bring about, bring off, carry out, effect; commit, compass, discharge, execute, follow through (with), make, perform
NEAR ANTONYMS:
default (on); disregard, forget, ignore, neglect, overlook, overpass, pass over, slight
breach, break, transgress, violate
keep (verb)
4.
to place somewhere for safekeeping or ready availability
SYNONIMS:
keep, put up, reposit, stow
RELATED WORDS:
cellar, garage, hangar, house, warehouse; file, pack, shelve
keep (verb)
5.
to pay the living expenses of
SYNONIMS:
keep, maintain, provide (for)
RELATED WORDS:
finance, fund, patronize, set up, sponsor, stake, underwrite
keep (verb)
6.
to look after and make decisions about
SYNONIMS:
administer, administrate, carry on, control, direct, govern, guide, handle, keep, manage, operate, overlook, oversee, preside (over), regulate, run, steward, superintend, supervise, tend
RELATED WORDS:
care (for), mind, watch; lead, pilot, steer; guard, protect, safeguard; micromanage, stage-manage; codirect, comanage
keep (verb)
7.
to keep from exceeding a desirable degree or level (as of expression)
SYNONIMS:
bridle, check, constrain, contain, curb, govern, hold, inhibit, keep, measure, pull in, regulate, rein (in), restrain, rule, tame
RELATED WORDS:
bottle (up), choke (back), hold back, mince, muffle, pocket, repress, sink, smother, squelch, stifle, strangle, suppress, swallow; arrest, interrupt, stop; block, hamper, handcuff, hinder, impede, obstruct; gag, muzzle, silence
NEAR ANTONYMS:
liberate, loose, loosen, unleash; air, express, take out, vent
lose
keep (verb)
8.
to drive danger or attack away from
SYNONIMS:
bulwark, cover, fence, fend, forfend, guard, keep, protect, safeguard, screen, secure, shield, ward
RELATED WORDS:
avert, prevent; oppose, resist, withstand; battle, contend, fight, war; conserve, preserve, save; buffer, palisade, picket, wall
NEAR ANTONYMS:
bombard, storm; beset, besiege, overrun; capitulate, cave, submit, yield
assail, assault, attack
keep (verb)
to resist the temptation of
SYNONIMS:
abjure, abstain (from), forgo ( forego), keep (from), refrain (from), withhold (from)
RELATED WORDS:
avoid, eschew, shun; check, constrain, curb, inhibit; deny, refuse, reject, repudiate; buck, combat, fight
NEAR ANTONYMS:
acquiesce (to), capitulate, concede (to), knuckle under (to)
bow (to), give in (to), submit (to), succumb (to), surrender (to), yield (to)
keep (verb)
to give steadfast support to
SYNONIMS:
cling (to), hew (to), keep (to), stand by, stick (to with)
RELATED WORDS:
cleave (to); advocate, back, champion, confirm, defend, endorse ( indorse), espouse, support, uphold; accept, adopt, cherish, cultivate, embrace, follow, foster, heed; backstop, bolster, boost, buttress, enforce, reinforce ( reenforce)
NEAR ANTONYMS:
abandon, abnegate, desert, forsake, give up, relinquish, spurn, surrender; abjure, recall, recant, reconsider, renege, renounce, retract, revoke, take back, unsay, withdraw; controvert, disagree (with), disprove, dispute, rebut, refute; contradict, deny, disavow, disclaim, disown, gainsay, negate, negative, repudiate; back down, back off, backtrack
defect (from)
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