keep

[c]/kip / (say keep)

verb (kept, keeping)
verb (t)
1. to maintain in one's action or conduct: to keep watch; to keep step; to keep silence.
2. to cause to continue in some place, position, state, course, or action specified: to keep a light burning.
3. to maintain in condition or order, as by care and labour.
4. to hold in custody or under guard, as a prisoner; detain; prevent from coming or going.
5. to have habitually in stock or for sale.
6. to maintain in one's service or for one's use or enjoyment.
7. to associate with: to keep bad company.
8. to have the charge or custody of.
9. to withhold from the knowledge of others: to keep a secret.
10. to withhold from use; reserve.
11. to restrain: to keep someone from escaping.
12. to maintain by writing, as entries, etc.: to keep a diary.
13. to record (business transactions, etc.) regularly: to keep records.
14. to observe; pay obedient regard to (a law, rule, promise, etc.).
15. to conform to; follow; fulfil: to keep one's word.
16. to observe (a season, festival, etc.) with formalities or rites: to keep Christmas.
17. to maintain or carry on, as an establishment, business, etc.; manage: to keep house.
18. to guard, protect.
19. to maintain or support (a person, etc.).
20. to take care of; tend: to keep sheep.
21. to maintain in active existence, or hold, as an assembly, court, fair, etc.
22. to maintain one's position in or on.
23. to continue to hold or have: to keep a thing in mind.
24. to save, hold, or retain in possession.
verb (i)
25. to remain or stay in a place: to keep indoors.
26. to continue unimpaired or without spoiling: the milk will keep on ice.
27. to remain; stay (away, back, off, out, etc.): to keep off the grass.
28. to restrain oneself: to try to keep from smiling.
29. to be reserved for a future occasion, often in a context of threat: I won't deal with him now. He'll keep.
verb (copular)
30. to remain, or continue to be as specified: to keep cool.
noun
31. subsistence; board and lodging: to work for one's keep.
32. the innermost and strongest structure or central tower of a medieval castle.
phrase
33. for keeps, Colloquial
a. for keeping as one's own permanently: to play for keeps.
b. permanently; altogether. {Phrase Origin: originally US from the game of marbles where it was understood that the winner kept their winnings}
34. keep at,
a. to persist in.
b. to badger, hector, or bully.
35. keep at it, to maintain one's effort to do something.
36. keep back,
a. to withhold.
b. to restrain; hold in check.
c. to stay away; not advance.
37. keep down,
a. to restrain; prevent from rising.
b. to retain or continue in, as a job.
c. to consume (food) without regurgitating it.
38. keep in,
a. to retract: he kept his stomach in.
b. to remain indoors.
c. to provide with: they kept me in clothes.
d. Colloquial to detain (a child) after school.
39. keep in with, Colloquial to keep oneself in favour with.
40. keep nit, Colloquial to keep watch (usually while an illegal activity is afoot).
41. keep on, to persist.
42. keep on keeping on, to persist with the usual or present activities.
43. keep the home fires burning, (humorous) to stay at home so as to be ready to provide comforts to those journeying out on their return.
44. keep time,
a. to record time, as a watch or clock does.
b. to beat, mark, or observe the rhythmic accents of music, etc.
c. to perform rhythmic movements in unison.
45. keep to,
a. to adhere to (an agreement, plan, facts, etc.).
b. to confine oneself to: to keep to one's bed.
46. keep to oneself, to hold aloof from the society of others.
47. keep track of or keep tabs on, to keep account of.
48. keep under,
a. to dominate.
b. to maintain in an anaesthetised state.
49. keep under control, to exert authority over.
50. keep up,
a. to continue (a task or activity): keep up the good work!; she kept up her swimming until she turned 60.
b. to maintain: to keep up appearances.
51. keep up with, to maintain the same rate or progress as: to keep up with demand.
52. keep up with the Joneses, to compete with one's neighbours in the accumulation of material possessions, especially as status symbols. {Phrase Origin: from the US comic strip by Arthur R Momand entitled Keeping up with the Joneses, first published in 1913, based on his own family's struggle to project a show of material affluence despite a less-than-affluent income}
53. keep watch, to maintain a vigil over something or someone.
54. keep wicket, Cricket to act as wicketkeeper.
{Middle English kepen, Old English cēpan, observe, heed, regard, await, take; related to Icelandic kōpa, Middle High German kapfen look, stare}

Australian English dictionary. 2014.

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