Definitions for keep

Definitions for (noun) keep

Main entry: hold, keep

Definition: a cell in a jail or prison

Main entry: keep, donjon, dungeon

Definition: the main tower within the walls of a medieval castle or fortress

Main entry: bread and butter, livelihood, living, keep, support, sustenance

Definition: the financial means whereby one lives

Usage: each child was expected to pay for their keep; he applied to the state for support; he could no longer earn his own livelihood

Definitions for (verb) keep

Main entry: keep, preserve

Definition: prevent (food) from rotting

Usage: preserved meats; keep potatoes fresh

Main entry: observe, maintain, keep

Definition: stick to correctly or closely

Usage: The pianist kept time with the metronome; keep count; I cannot keep track of all my employees

Main entry: keep, maintain

Definition: maintain by writing regular records

Usage: keep a diary; maintain a record; keep notes

Main entry: sustain, maintain, keep

Definition: supply with necessities and support

Usage: She alone sustained her family; The money will sustain our good cause; There's little to earn and many to keep

Main entry: keep

Definition: hold and prevent from leaving

Usage: The student was kept after school

Main entry: hold on, keep

Definition: retain possession of

Usage: Can I keep my old stuffed animals?; She kept her maiden name after she married

Main entry: keep

Definition: look after; be the keeper of; have charge of

Usage: He keeps the shop when I am gone

Main entry: keep, maintain

Definition: maintain for use and service

Usage: I keep a car in the countryside; She keeps an apartment in Paris for her shopping trips

Main entry: keep

Definition: have as a supply

Usage: 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

Main entry: keep

Definition: store or keep customarily

Usage: Where do you keep your gardening tools?

Main entry: hold open, keep, keep open, save

Definition: retain rights to

Usage: keep my job for me while I give birth; keep my seat, please; keep open the possibility of a merger

Main entry: continue, retain, keep, keep on

Definition: allow to remain in a place or position or maintain a property or feature

Usage: 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

Main entry: keep, keep back, restrain, hold back

Definition: keep under control; keep in check

Usage: suppress a smile; Keep your temper; keep your cool

Main entry: prevent, keep

Definition: stop (someone or something) from doing something or being in a certain state

Usage: We must prevent the cancer from spreading; His snoring kept me from falling asleep; Keep the child from eating the marbles

Main entry: celebrate, keep, observe

Definition: behave as expected during of holidays or rites

Usage: Keep the commandments; celebrate Christmas; Observe Yom Kippur

Main entry: observe, keep

Definition: conform one's action or practice to

Usage: keep appointments; she never keeps her promises; We kept to the original conditions of the contract

Main entry: keep

Definition: supply with room and board

Usage: He is keeping three women in the guest cottage; keep boarders

Main entry: keep

Definition: raise

Usage: She keeps a few chickens in the yard; he keeps bees

Main entry: keep, maintain, hold

Definition: keep in a certain state, position, or activity; e.g., "keep clean"

Usage: hold in place; She always held herself as a lady; The students keep me on my toes

Main entry: proceed, continue, keep, go along, go on

Definition: continue a certain state, condition, or activity

Usage: Keep on working!; We continued to work into the night; Keep smiling; We went on working until well past midnight

Main entry: preserve, keep

Definition: maintain in safety from injury, harm, or danger

Usage: May God keep you

Main entry: keep, stay fresh

Definition: fail to spoil or rot

Usage: These potatoes keep for a long time

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