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keep

keep

 
 
pronunciation:
kip
parts of speech:
verb, noun
part of speech: verb
inflections: keeps, keeping, kept
definition 1: to hold or continue to hold.
The bank will keep your money for you.
synonyms:
have, hold, possess, retain
antonyms:
abandon, discard, jettison, lose, return, scrap
definition 2: to manage, attend to, or take care of.
He keeps tropical fish.
synonyms:
attend, maintain, take care of
similar words:
guard, manage, mind, preserve, protect, supervise, tend, watch
definition 3: to put or store.
She keeps her notes in a locked drawer.
synonyms:
store
similar words:
collect, hoard, place, put
definition 4: to cause to remain in a certain state or position.
Please keep the baby quiet.Keep the dog outside for a few minutes.
similar words:
check, control, curb, detain, hold, leave, limit, maintain, stay
definition 5: to continue being responsible for; be faithful to.
Peter kept his promise to Wendy.
synonyms:
abide by, comply with, obey, observe
antonyms:
break, neglect
similar words:
conform to, mind
definition 6: to continue; persist.
Keep going along this road until you get to Main Street.
similar words:
continue, hold
definition 7: to stop or hold back.
He can't keep from lying.
synonyms:
cease, stop
similar words:
abstain
 
part of speech: noun
definition: means of support; living.
How do you earn your keep?
synonyms:
livelihood, living, maintenance
similar words:
support
derivation: kept (adj.)