keep VERB (past and past part. kept) 1) have or retain possession of. 2) retain or reserve for use in the future. 3) put or store in a regular place. 4) (of a perishable commodity) remain in good condition. 5) continue in a specified condition, position, or activity: she kept quiet about it. 6) honour, fulfil, or observe (a commitment or undertaking). 7) record or regularly maintain (a note or diary). 8) cause to be late. 9) provide accommodation and food for; support. 10) (kept) supported financially in return for sexual favours.
NOUN 1) food, clothes, and other essentials for living. 2) the strongest or central tower of a castle. 3) archaic charge; control.
for keeps — Cf. ↑for keeps
keep from — Cf. ↑keep from
keep on — Cf. ↑keep on
keep to — Cf. ↑keep to
keep up — Cf. ↑keep up
keep up with — Cf. ↑keep up with
keep up with the Joneses — Cf. ↑keep up with the Joneses
ORIGIN Old English.

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  • Keep — (k[=e]p), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Kept} (k[e^]pt); p. pr. & vb. n. {Keeping}.] [OE. k[=e]pen, AS. c[=e]pan to keep, regard, desire, await, take, betake; cf. AS. copenere lover, OE. copnien to desire.] 1. To care; to desire. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] I… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • keep — [kiːp] verb kept PTandPP [kept] 1. [transitive] to store something that will be useful: • The Credit Reference Agency keeps files on individuals debt records. • You should keep a supply of forms. 2 …   Financial and business terms

  • Keep — Keep, v. i. 1. 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.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Keep — Keep, n. 1. The act or office of keeping; custody; guard; care; heed; charge. Chaucer. [1913 Webster] Pan, thou god of shepherds all, Which of our tender lambkins takest keep. Spenser. [1913 Webster] 2. The state of being kept; hence, the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Keep — 〈f. 20; Seemannsspr.〉 Kerbe, Rille * * * Keep, die; , en [aus dem Niederd. < mniederd. kēp, wohl verw. mit ↑ kappen] (Seemannsspr.): Rille, Kerbe (in einer Boje, einem Block, Mast o. Ä.), die einem darumgelegten Tau Halt gibt. * * * I Keep   …   Universal-Lexikon

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  • Keep — [ki:p] der; s, s <aus engl. keep »Bergfried« zu to keep, vgl. ↑Keeper> Wehr u. Wohnturm der englisch normannischen Baukunst …   Das große Fremdwörterbuch

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  • keep|er — «KEE puhr», noun, verb. –n. 1. a person or thing that keeps: »a keeper of secrets or of bees. 2. a guard; watchman. 3. a guardian; protector: »Am I my brother s keeper? (Genesis 4:9). SYNONYM(S): warden, custodian …   Useful english dictionary

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  • Keep — Keep, eine Einkerbung am Gehäuse eines Blocks oder am Umfang einer Jungfer zur Aufnahme des Stropps oder Tamps, ferner eine Höhlung der Kausche zu gleichem Zweck. T. Schwarz …   Lexikon der gesamten Technik

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