Pronunciation: kēp
v. t.1.To care; to desire.
[imp. & p. p. Kept (kĕpt); p. pr. & vb. n. Keeping.]
I kepe not of armes for to yelp [boast].
- Chaucer.
2.To hold; to restrain from departure or removal; not to let go of; to retain in one's power or possession; not to lose; to retain; to detain.
If we lose the field,
We can not keep the town.
- Shak.
3.To cause to remain in a given situation or condition; to maintain unchanged; to hold or preserve in any state or tenor.
His loyalty he kept, his love, his zeal.
- Milton.
Keep a stiff rein, and move but gently on.
- Addison.
4.To have in custody; to have in some place for preservation; to take charge of.
5.To preserve from danger, harm, or loss; to guard.
Behold, I am with thee, and will keep thee.
- Gen. xxviii. 15.
6.To preserve from discovery or publicity; not to communicate, reveal, or betray, as a secret.
Great are thy virtues . . . though kept from man.
- Milton.
7.To attend upon; to have the care of; to tend.
8.To record transactions, accounts, or events in; as, to keep books, a journal, etc.; also, to enter (as accounts, records, etc. ) in a book.
9.To maintain, as an establishment, institution, or the like; to conduct; to manage; as, to keep store.
10.To supply with necessaries of life; to entertain; as, to keep boarders.
11.To have in one's service; to have and maintain, as an assistant, a servant, a mistress, a horse, etc.
I keep but three men and a boy.
- Shak.
12.To have habitually in stock for sale.
13.To continue in, as a course or mode of action; not to intermit or fall from; to hold to; to maintain; as, to keep silence; to keep one's word; to keep possession.
Both day and night did we keep company.
- Shak.
Within this portal as I kept my watch.
- Smollett.
14.To observe; to adhere to; to fulfill; not to swerve from or violate; to practice or perform, as duty; not to neglect; to be faithful to.
I have kept the faith.
- 2 Tim. iv. 7.
Him whom to love is to obey, and keep
His great command.
- Milton.
15.To confine one's self to; not to quit; to remain in; as, to keep one's house, room, bed, etc.; hence, to haunt; to frequent.
'Tis hallowed ground;
Fairies, and fawns, and satyrs do it keep.
- J. Fletcher.
16.To observe duly, as a festival, etc.; to celebrate; to solemnize; as, to keep a feast.
To keep at arm's length
See under Arm, n.
To keep back
a - To reserve; to withhold.
b - To restrain; to hold back.
- Jer. xlii. 4.
To keep company with
a - To frequent the society of; to associate with; as, let youth keep company with the wise and good.
- Ps. xix. 13.
b - To accompany; to go with; as, to keep company with one on a voyage; also, to pay court to, or accept attentions from, with a view to marriage.
To keep counsel
See under Counsel, n.
To keep down
a - To hold in subjection; to restrain; to hinder.
b - (Fine Arts) To subdue in tint or tone, as a portion of a picture, so that the spectator's attention may not be diverted from the more important parts of the work.
To keep good hours
to be customarily early (or late) in returning home or in retiring to rest.
To keep house
a - To occupy a separate house or establishment, as with one's family, as distinguished from boarding; to manage domestic affairs.
b - (Eng. Bankrupt Law) To seclude one's self in one's house in order to evade the demands of creditors.
To keep one's hand in
to keep in practice.
To keep open house
to be hospitable.
To keep the peace
(Law) to avoid or to prevent a breach of the peace.
To keep school
to govern, manage and instruct or teach a school, as a preceptor.
To keep a stiff upper lip
to keep up one's courage.
To keep term
a - (Eng. Universities) To reside during a term.
b - (Inns of Court) To eat a sufficient number of dinners in hall to make the term count for the purpose of being called to the bar.
To keep touch
See under Touch, n.
- Mozley & W.
To keep under
to hold in subjection; hence, to oppress.
To keep up
a - To maintain; to prevent from falling or diminution; as, to keep up the price of goods; to keep up one's credit.
b - To maintain; to continue; to prevent from ceasing.
- Locke.
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.
2.To last; to endure; to remain unimpaired.
3.To reside for a time; to lodge; to dwell.
4.To take care; to be solicitous; to watch.
Keep that the lusts choke not the word of God that is in us.
- Tyndale.
5.To be in session; as, school keeps to-day.
To keep from
to abstain or refrain from.
To keep in with
to keep on good terms with; as, to keep in with an opponent.
To keep on
to go forward; to proceed; to continue to advance.
To keep to
to adhere strictly to; not to neglect or deviate from; as, to keep to old customs; to keep to a rule; to keep to one's word or promise.
To keep up
to remain unsubdued; also, not to be confined to one's bed.
n.1.The act or office of keeping; custody; guard; care; heed; charge.
2.The state of being kept; hence, the resulting condition; case; as, to be in good keep.
3.The means or provisions by which one is kept; maintenance; support; as, the keep of a horse.
Grass equal to the keep of seven cows.
- Carlyle.
4.That which keeps or protects; a stronghold; a fortress; a castle; specifically, the strongest and securest part of a castle, often used as a place of residence by the lord of the castle, especially during a siege; the dungeon. See Illust. of Castle.
5.That which is kept in charge; a charge.
Often he used of his keep
A sacrifice to bring.
- Spenser.
6.(Mach.) A cap for retaining anything, as a journal box, in place.
To take keep
to take care; to heed.
- Chaucer.
Noun1.keep - 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"
2.keep - the main tower within the walls of a medieval castle or fortress
Synonyms: donjon, dungeon
3.keep - a cell in a jail or prison
Synonyms: hold
Verb1.keep - 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"
Synonyms: maintain, hold
2.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"
3.keep - retain possession of; "Can I keep my old stuffed animals?"; "She kept her maiden name after she married"
Synonyms: hold on
lose - fail to keep or to maintain; cease to have, either physically or in an abstract sense; "She lost her purse when she left it unattended on her seat"
4.keep - prevent 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"
Synonyms: prevent
5.keep - conform one's action or practice to; "keep appointments"; "she never keeps her promises"; "We kept to the original conditions of the contract"
Synonyms: observe
6.keep - observe correctly or closely; "The pianist kept time with the metronome"; "keep count"; "I cannot keep track of all my employees"
Synonyms: observe, maintain
7.keep - look after; be the keeper of; have charge of; "He keeps the shop when I am gone"
8.keep - maintain by writing regular records; "keep a diary"; "maintain a record"; "keep notes"
Synonyms: maintain
9.keep - supply with room and board; "He is keeping three women in the guest cottage"; "keep boarders"
10.keep - allow to remain in a place or position; "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"
11.keep - 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"
Synonyms: maintain, sustain
12.keep - fail to spoil or rot; "These potatoes keep for a long time"
Synonyms: stay fresh
13.keep - celebrate, as of holidays or rites; "Keep the commandments"; "celebrate Christmas"; "Observe Yom Kippur"
Synonyms: celebrate, observe
14.keep - keep under control; keep in check; "suppress a smile"; "Keep your temper"; "keep your cool"
15.keep - maintain in safety from injury, harm, or danger; "May God keep you"
Synonyms: preserve
16.keep - raise; "She keeps a few chickens in the yard"; "he keeps bees"
17.keep - retain rights to; "keep my job for me while I give birth"; "keep my seat, please"; "keep open the possibility of a merger"
18.keep - store or keep customarily; "Where do you keep your gardening tools?"
19.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"
20.keep - maintain for use and service; "I keep a car in the countryside"; "She keeps an apartment in Paris for her shopping trips"
Synonyms: maintain
21.keep - hold and prevent from leaving; "The student was kept after school"
22.keep - prevent (food) from rotting; "preserved meats"; "keep potatoes fresh"
Synonyms: preserve
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keep apart
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keep down
keep going
keep guard
keep in
keep in line
keep kosher
keep mum
keep note
keep off
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