keep

  • 1 Keep — (k[=e]p), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Kept} (k[e^]pt); p. pr. & vb. n. {Keeping}.] [OE. k[=e]pen, AS. c[=e]pan to keep, regard, desire, await, take, betake; cf. AS. copenere lover, OE. copnien to desire.] 1. To care; to desire. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] I… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 keep — [kiːp] verb kept PTandPP [kept] 1. [transitive] to store something that will be useful: • The Credit Reference Agency keeps files on individuals debt records. • You should keep a supply of forms. 2 …

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  • 3 keep — vb 1 Keep, observe, celebrate, solemnize, commemorate are comparable when they mean to pay proper attention or honor to something prescribed, obligatory, or demanded (as by one s nationality, religion, or rank), but they vary widely in their… …

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  • 4 keep — [kēp] vt. kept, keeping [ME kepen < OE cœpan, to behold, watch out for, lay hold of, akin to MLowG kapen, ON kopa, to stare at < ? IE base * ĝab , to look at or for] 1. to observe or pay regard to; specif., a) to observe with due or… …

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  • 5 Keep — Keep, v. i. 1. 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.… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 6 keep — ► VERB (past and past part. kept) 1) have or retain possession of. 2) retain or reserve for use in the future. 3) put or store in a regular place. 4) (of a perishable commodity) remain in good condition. 5) continue in a specified condition,… …

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  • 7 Keep — Keep, n. 1. The act or office of keeping; custody; guard; care; heed; charge. Chaucer. [1913 Webster] Pan, thou god of shepherds all, Which of our tender lambkins takest keep. Spenser. [1913 Webster] 2. The state of being kept; hence, the… …

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  • 8 keep — keep; green·keep·er; house·keep; house·keep·er; keep·able; keep·er·ing; keep·er·ship; keep·sake; store·keep; keep·er; …

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  • 9 Keep — 〈f. 20; Seemannsspr.〉 Kerbe, Rille * * * Keep, die; , en [aus dem Niederd. < mniederd. kēp, wohl verw. mit ↑ kappen] (Seemannsspr.): Rille, Kerbe (in einer Boje, einem Block, Mast o. Ä.), die einem darumgelegten Tau Halt gibt. * * * I Keep   …

    Universal-Lexikon

  • 10 keep — I (continue) verb be constant, be steadfast, carry forward, carry on, endure, extend, forge ahead, go on, keep going, last, lengthen, live on, maintain, move ahead, never cease, perpetuate, perseverare, persevere, persist, press onward, progress …

    Law dictionary

  • 11 keep — The construction keep + object + from + ing verb is idiomatic in current English: • His hands held flat over his ears as if to keep his whole head from flying apart Martin Amis, 1978. The intransitive use of keep + from + ing verb is recorded in… …

    Modern English usage

  • 12 keep up — (something) to continue to do or have something. Keep up the good work. Even though he lost his job, they managed to keep up an expensive lifestyle. I have a great relationship with my children now, and I m doing my best to keep that up …

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  • 13 keep up — (with (someone/something)) 1. to stay level or equal with someone or something. I m too old or too tired and I just can t keep up. The little boy tried very hard to keep up with his older brother s accomplishments. 2. to move as quickly as… …

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  • 14 keep — [v1] hold, maintain accumulate, amass, cache, care for, carry, conduct, conserve, control, deal in, deposit, detain, direct, enjoy, garner, grasp, grip, have, heap, hold back, manage, own, pile, place, possess, preserve, put, put up, reserve,… …

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  • 15 Keep — [ki:p] der; s, s <aus engl. keep »Bergfried« zu to keep, vgl. ↑Keeper> Wehr u. Wohnturm der englisch normannischen Baukunst …

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  • 16 keep up — [v] maintain, sustain balance, compete, contend, continue, emulate, go on, hold on, keep pace, keep step, match, pace, persevere, preserve, rival, run with, vie; concepts 23,87,363 Ant. let go, neglect …

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  • 17 keep at it — phrase to continue doing something even if you want to stop The secret of dieting is to keep at it. Thesaurus: to continue something, or to continue to do somethingsynonym Main entry: keep …

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  • 18 keep up — keep (someone) up to cause someone to stay awake. I hope I m not keeping you up. You re making so much noise, you re going to keep up the whole neighborhood! …

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  • 19 keep on — ► keep on 1) continue to do. 2) continue to use or employ. Main Entry: ↑keep …

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  • 20 keep to — ► keep to 1) avoid leaving (a path, road, or place). 2) adhere to (a schedule). 3) observe (a promise). 4) confine or restrict oneself to. Main Entry: ↑keep …

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