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  • n  the financial means whereby one lives
    each child was expected to pay for their keep
  • n  the main tower within the walls of a medieval castle or fortress
  • n  a cell in a jail or prison
  • v  keep in a certain state, position, or activity; e.g., "keep clean"
    The students keep me on my toes
  • v  continue a certain state, condition, or activity
  • v  retain possession of
    Can I keep my old stuffed animals?
  • v  stop (someone or something) from doing something or being in a certain state
  • v  conform one's action or practice to
    keep appointments
    she never keeps her promises
  • v  stick to correctly or closely
    keep count
    I cannot keep track of all my employees
  • v  look after; be the keeper of; have charge of
    He keeps the shop when I am gone
  • v  maintain by writing regular records
    keep a diary
    keep notes
  • v  supply with room and board
    He is keeping three women in the guest cottage
    keep boarders
  • v  allow to remain in a place or position or maintain a property or feature
    The family's fortune waned and they could not keep their household staff
    Our grant has run out and we cannot keep you on
  • v  supply with necessities and support
    There's little to earn and many to keep
  • v  fail to spoil or rot
    These potatoes keep for a long time
  • v  behave as expected during of holidays or rites
  • v  keep under control; keep in check
    keep your cool
  • v  maintain in safety from injury, harm, or danger
    May God keep you
  • v  raise
    She keeps a few chickens in the yard
    he keeps bees
  • v  retain rights to
    keep my job for me while I give birth
    keep my seat, please
    keep open the possibility of a merger
  • v  store or keep customarily
    Where do you keep your gardening tools?
  • v  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
  • v  maintain for use and service
    I keep a car in the countryside
    She keeps an apartment in Paris for her shopping trips
  • v  hold and prevent from leaving
  • v  prevent (food) from rotting
    keep potatoes fresh

  • Maybe that was true, but that didn't keep Suzy Homemakers from driving them to the mall.
  • A business is born of keeping elephants out of trouble .
  • Indeed, keep naughtiness in check and avoid complacency.
News & Articles


  • Samuel Alito in BusinessWeek
    It is clear that the framers and ratifiers of the 14th Amendment counted the right to keep and bear arms among those fundamental rights necessary to our system of ordered liberty,Alito wrote.
  • Miroslav Klose in The Canadian Press
    Our plan was to win possession quickly and then try to keep it, to pass the ball around,striker Miroslav Klose said.
  • David Villa in The Associated Press
    It was one of my best goals because it got us through to the next round,Villa said. "Keep scoring so we can keep going."

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