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keep

noun

1 keep

The financial means whereby one lives:
— Each child was expected to pay for their keep.

synonyms: bread and butter, livelihood, living, support, sustenance.

Roget 298: eating etc. v.; deglutition, gulp, epulation, mastication, manducation, rumination; gluttony etc. 957.    [eating specific foods] ... show more

Roget 781: retention; retaining etc. v.; keep, detention, custody; tenacity, firm hold, grasp, gripe, grip, iron grip.    ... show more

Roget 751: restraint; hindrance etc. 706; coercion etc. (compulsion) 744; cohibition, constraint, repression, suppression; discipline, control.    ... show more

Roget 666: refuge, sanctuary, retreat, fastness; acropolis; keep, last resort; ward; prison etc. 752; asylum, ark, ... show more

Dutch: levensonderhoud
Polish: utrzymywanie się, życie



2 keep

The main tower within the walls of a medieval castle or fortress.

synonyms: donjon, dungeon.

Roget 717: defense, protection, guard, ward; shielding etc. v.; propugnation, preservation etc. 670; guardianship.    area defense; ... show more

Roget 752: prison, prison house; jail, gaol, cage, coop, den, cell; stronghold, fortress, keep, donjon, dungeon, Bastille, ... show more

Dutch: Don Jon
Polish: donżon

3 keep

A cell in a jail or prison.

synonym: hold.

verb

1 keep

Cause to continue in a certain state, position, or activity; e.g., `keep clean':
— The students keep me on my toes.

synonyms: hold, maintain.

Roget 141: let alone, let be, let it be; persist, remain, stay, tarry, rest; stet (copy editing) hold, hold on; last, ... show more

Roget 637: provide; make provision, make due provision for; lay in, lay in a stock, lay in a store.    supply, suppeditate; furnish; find, find one in; arm.    cater, victual, ... show more

Roget 670: preserve, maintain, keep, sustain, support, hold; keep up, keep alive; refrigerate, keep on ice; not willingly let die; bank up; nurse; ... show more

Dutch: aanhouden, bijhouden, houden

2 keep

Continue a certain state, condition, or activity:
— Keep on working!.
— Keep smiling.

synonyms: continue, go along, go on, proceed.

Roget 143: continue, persist; go on, jog on, keep on, run on, hold on; abide, keep, pursue, stick to its course, take its course, maintain its course; carry on, ... show more

Dutch: houden

3 keep

Retain possession of:
— Can I keep my old stuffed animals?.

synonym: hold on.

Dutch: behouden, bewaren, handhaven, houden

4 keep

Stop (someone or something) from doing something or being in a certain state:
— Keep the child from eating the marbles.

synonym: prevent.

Dutch: beletten, letten, verhinderen, verletten, voorkomen

5 keep

Conform one's action or practice to:
— Keep appointments.
— She never keeps her promises.

synonym: observe.

Roget 772: observe, comply with, respect, acknowledge, abide by; cling to, adhere to, be faithful to, act up to; meet, fulfill; carry out, carry into execution; execute, ... show more

Dutch: betrachten

6 keep

Stick to correctly or closely:
— Keep count.
— I cannot keep track of all my employees.

synonyms: maintain, observe.

7 keep

Look after; be the keeper of; have charge of.

8 keep

Maintain by writing regular records:
— Keep a diary.
— Keep notes.

synonym: maintain.

9 keep

Supply with room and board.

10 keep

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.

synonyms: continue, keep on, retain.

Roget 136: recur etc. 104; do nothing but; keep, keep on.   

11 keep

Supply with necessities and support:
— There's little to earn and many to keep.

synonyms: maintain, sustain.

12 keep

Fail to spoil or rot:
— These potatoes keep for a long time.

synonym: stay fresh.

13 keep

Behave as expected during of holidays or rites:
— Keep the commandments.

synonyms: celebrate, observe.

Dutch: celebreren, vieren

14 keep

Maintain in safety from injury, harm, or danger:
— May God keep you.

synonym: preserve.

Dutch: behoeden

15 keep

Raise.

16 keep

Retain rights to:
— Keep my job for me while I give birth.
— Keep my seat, please.
— Keep open the possibility of a merger.

synonyms: hold open, keep open, save.

17 keep

Store or keep customarily.

18 keep

Have as a supply.

19 keep

Maintain for use and service:
— I keep a car in the countryside.
— She keeps an apartment in Paris for her shopping trips.

synonym: maintain.

20 keep

Hold and prevent from leaving.

21 keep

Prevent the action or expression of:
— Keep your cool.

synonyms: hold back, keep back, restrain.

Roget 781: retain, keep; hold fast one's own, hold tight one's own, hold fast one's ground, hold tight one's ground; clinch, clench, clutch, grasp, gripe, hug, have a firm hold of.    ... show more

Dutch: beteugelen

22 keep

Prevent (food) from rotting:
— Keep potatoes fresh.

synonym: preserve.

Dutch: bewaren, conserveren, goedhouden, verduurzamen


adjective

Roget 636: stored etc. v.; in store, in reserve, in ordinary; spare, supernumerary.   

Moby thesaurus: POW camp, TLC, abide, abide by, abstain, accede to, accommodate, accommodation, accommodations, accumulate, acknowledge, acropolis, act up to, adhere to, administer Communion, afford, afford support, agree to, aliment, alimentation ... show more.

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