Keep - definition, pronunciation, transcription
- a cell in a jail or prison (syn: hold)
- retain possession of (syn: hold on)
- conform one's action or practice to (syn: observe)
she never keeps her promises
I cannot keep track of all my employees
Our grant has run out and we cannot keep you on
- maintain in safety from injury, harm, or danger (syn: preserve)
he keeps bees
keep my seat, please
keep open the possibility of a merger
keep food for a week in the pantry
She keeps a sixpack and a week's worth of supplies in the refrigerator
She keeps an apartment in Paris for her shopping trips
- prevent the action or expression of (syn: hold back, keep back, restrain)
She's going to keep the money she found.
I can't decide whether to sell my old car or keep it for another year.
While the company laid off some employees, others had hopes of keeping their jobs.
I asked them to keep quiet.
The program teaches kids how to keep safe near water.
I tried to keep the children quiet during the ceremony.
The local newspaper keeps people informed about what's happening in town.
The article offers tips on how to keep kids safe near water.
The movie will keep you on the edge of your seat.
“The fare is $4.” “Here's $5. Keep the change.”
You may keep the book for a month.
Keep knives away from children.
You are keeping something from me.
Keep me informed.
The weather keeps fine.
keep back — secure and keep for possible future use or application
keep down — place a limit on the number of
keep in — cause to stay indoors
keep off — refrain from certain foods or beverages
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present participle: keeping
past tense: kept
past participle: kept
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