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keen2 a loud, mournful wailing for the dead. [2 definitions]
keep to hold or retain possession of. [14 definitions]
keep an eye on to watch or tend with care.
keep an eye out to be watchful or closely attentive.
keep a stiff upper lip to face with courage such difficulties as sorrow, disappointment, or pain.
keep at continue one's persistence with (some activity).
keeper one that keeps. [5 definitions]
keep good time of a clock or watch, to operate well and accurately show the time. [2 definitions]
keep house to clean, cook, and take care of other typical household tasks.
keeping logical or appropriate conformity. [3 definitions]
keep in mind to hold (something) in one's memory and not forget it; remember.
keep on to continue to do something, esp. when stopping might be expected or desired. [2 definitions]
keep one's balance to stay upright.
keep one's chin up to stay optimistic; not lose hope.
keep one's distance to stay physically or emotionally removed; remain aloof or far away.
keep one's fingers crossed to hope for a good outcome.
keep one's nose to the grindstone to start or diligently pursue some hard or tedious work, esp. in a spirit of resignation.
keep one's own counsel to keep one's own ideas or intent secret.
keep one's shirt on (informal) to hold one's temper; refrain from becoming angry or impatient.
keep one's wits about one to stay alert and watchful.
keep out to stay away or cause to stay away from a place.