Definition of Keep

1. Noun. The financial means whereby one lives. "He could no longer earn his own livelihood"

2. Verb. Keep in a certain state, position, or activity; e.g.,. "The students keep me on my toes"

3. Noun. The main tower within the walls of a medieval castle or fortress.
Exact synonyms: Donjon, Dungeon
Specialized synonyms: Black Hole Of Calcutta
Group relationships: Castle
Generic synonyms: Fastness, Stronghold

4. Verb. Continue a certain state, condition, or activity. "They keep moving "; "We went on working until well past midnight"
Exact synonyms: Continue, Go Along, Go On, Proceed
Generic synonyms: Act, Move
Related verbs: Bear On, Carry On, Continue, Preserve, Uphold, Continue
Specialized synonyms: Hold, Keep Going, Run On, Ride
Derivative terms: Continuance, Continuation, Continuation
Antonyms: Discontinue

5. Noun. A cell in a jail or prison.
Exact synonyms: Hold
Generic synonyms: Cell, Jail Cell, Prison Cell
Derivative terms: Hold

6. Verb. Retain possession of. "They keep the money "; "She kept her maiden name after she married"
Exact synonyms: Hold On
Specialized synonyms: Carry Over, Hold Over, Deny, Refuse, Deduct, Recoup, Withhold, Preserve, Save, Hive Away, Lay In, Put In, Salt Away, Stack Away, Stash Away, Store, Store, Hold, Hold Back, Keep Back, Retain, Harbor, Harbour
Generic synonyms: Have, Have Got, Hold
Related verbs: Hold Open, Keep Open, Save
Also: Keep Back, Keep Back
Derivative terms: Keeping
Antonyms: Lose

7. Verb. Stop (someone or something) from doing something or being in a certain state. "They keep him from writing the letter"; "Keep the child from eating the marbles"
Exact synonyms: Prevent
Specialized synonyms: Defend, Exclude, Keep Out, Shut, Shut Out, Hold, Keep Away, Blank, Hinder, Impede, Rain Out, Wash Out
Antonyms: Let
Derivative terms: Preventative, Prevention, Preventive

8. Verb. Conform one's action or practice to. "We kept to the original conditions of the contract"
Exact synonyms: Observe
Specialized synonyms: Make Good
Antonyms: Break
Derivative terms: Keeping, Observance

9. Verb. Stick to correctly or closely. "I cannot keep track of all my employees"

10. Verb. Look after; be the keeper of; have charge of. "He keeps the shop when I am gone"
Generic synonyms: Have, Have Got, Hold
Specialized synonyms: Conserve, Keep Up, Maintain, Preserve
Related verbs: Preserve
Derivative terms: Keeper, Keeper, Keeping

11. Verb. Maintain by writing regular records. "Keep notes"
Exact synonyms: Maintain
Generic synonyms: Enter, Put Down, Record

12. Verb. Supply with room and board. "Sam cannot keep Sue "; "Keep boarders"
Generic synonyms: Accommodate, Lodge

13. Verb. Allow to remain in a place or position or maintain a property or feature. "This garment retains its shape even after many washings"
Exact synonyms: Continue, Keep On, Retain
Generic synonyms: Keep Up, Prolong, Sustain
Related verbs: Continue, Persist In
Derivative terms: Continuation

14. Verb. Supply with necessities and support. "There's little to earn and many to keep"
Exact synonyms: Maintain, Sustain
Specialized synonyms: Patronage, Reseed, Carry
Generic synonyms: Have, Have Got, Hold
Derivative terms: Maintenance, Maintenance, Sustenance

15. Verb. Fail to spoil or rot. "This food does keep well "; "These potatoes keep for a long time"
Exact synonyms: Stay Fresh
Generic synonyms: Remain, Rest, Stay
Related verbs: Preserve

16. Verb. Behave as expected during of holidays or rites. "Observe Yom Kippur"

17. Verb. Keep under control; keep in check. "Keep your cool"
Exact synonyms: Hold Back, Keep Back, Restrain
Specialized synonyms: Hold, Confine, Bottle Up, Inhibit, Suppress, Check, Contain, Control, Curb, Hold, Hold In, Moderate
Generic synonyms: Bottle Up, Inhibit, Suppress
Derivative terms: Restrainer, Restraint

18. Verb. Maintain in safety from injury, harm, or danger. "May God keep you"
Exact synonyms: Preserve
Generic synonyms: Protect
Derivative terms: Preservation, Preserve, Preserver

19. Verb. Raise. "He keeps bees"
Generic synonyms: Farm, Grow, Produce, Raise
Specialized synonyms: Herd

20. Verb. Retain rights to. "Keep open the possibility of a merger"
Exact synonyms: Hold Open, Keep Open, Save
Related verbs: Hold On
Generic synonyms: Book, Hold, Reserve

21. Verb. Store or keep customarily. "Where do you keep your gardening tools?"
Generic synonyms: Store

22. Verb. Have as a supply. "She keeps a sixpack and a week's worth of supplies in the refrigerator"
Generic synonyms: Have, Have Got, Hold

23. Verb. Maintain for use and service. "She keeps an apartment in Paris for her shopping trips"
Exact synonyms: Maintain
Generic synonyms: Have, Have Got, Hold

24. Verb. Hold and prevent from leaving. "The student was kept after school"
Related verbs: Prevent
Generic synonyms: Confine, Detain

25. Verb. Prevent (food) from rotting. "The chefs keep the vegetables"; "Keep potatoes fresh"
Exact synonyms: Preserve
Specialized synonyms: Freeze-dry, Conserve, Dehydrate, Desiccate, Pickle, Salt, Can, Put Up, Tin, Refrigerate, Cure, Corn
Generic synonyms: Cook, Fix, Make, Prepare, Ready
Related verbs: Stay Fresh
Derivative terms: Preservative, Preserve, Preserver

Definition of Keep

1. v. t. To care; to desire.

2. v. i. 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.

3. n. The act or office of keeping; custody; guard; care; heed; charge.

Definition of Keep

1. Verb. (transitive) to maintain possession of ¹

2. Verb. (transitive) to maintain the condition of ¹

3. Verb. (transitive archaic) To remain in, to be confined to ¹

4. Verb. (obsolete) to wait for, keep watch for ¹

5. Verb. (transitive) to restrain ¹

6. Verb. (transitive) to protect, guard (someone from something) ¹

7. Verb. (intransitive) to continue ¹

8. Verb. (intransitive) to remain edible or otherwise usable ¹

9. Verb. (intransitive copulative) to remain in a state ¹

10. Verb. (intransitive cricket) to act as wicket-keeper ¹

11. Verb. (transitive of animals) to raise; to care for ¹

12. Verb. (transitive) to supply with necessities and financially support a person ¹

13. Noun. (obsolete) Care, notice ¹

14. Noun. (historical) The main tower of a castle or fortress, located within the castle walls. ¹

15. Noun. The food or money required to keep someone alive and healthy; one's support, maintenance. ¹

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Definition of Keep

1. to continue to possess [v KEPT, KEEPING, KEEPS] : KEEPABLE [adj]

Medical Definition of Keep

1. 1. The act or office of keeping; custody; guard; care; heed; charge. "Pan, thou god of shepherds all, Which of our tender lambkins takest keep." (Spenser) 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) "I performed some services to the college in return for my keep." (T. Hughes) 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 donjon. "The prison strong, Within whose keep the captive knights were laid." (Dryden) "The lower chambers of those gloomy keeps." (Hallam) "I think . . . The keep, or principal part of a castle, was so called because the lord and his domestic circle kept, abode, or lived there." (M. A. Lower) 5. That which is kept in charge; a charge. "Often he used of his keep A sacrifice to bring." (Spenser) 6. A cap for retaining anything, as a journal box, in place. To take keep, to take care; to heed. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Keep

keen as mustard
keen on
keep (current term)
keep a close watch on
keep a cool head
keep a lid on
keep a lookout
keep a weather eye open
keep abreast
keep an eye on
keep an eye open
keep an eye out
keep an eye peeled
keep apart
keep around
keep at

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