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keep

 
 
pronunciation:
kip
parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb, noun
grammatical pattern:
verb + obj. + adj., verb + smby + present part, verb + gerund
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: keeps, keeping, kept
definition 1: to hold or retain possession of.
You should keep a copy of this document for your records.I'd like you to keep the necklace because it looks beautiful on you.
synonyms:
have, hold, possess, retain
antonyms:
abandon, discard, jettison, lose, reject, relinquish, return, scrap, throw away
definition 2: to put or store.
She keeps her notes in a locked drawer.
synonyms:
store
similar words:
bank, cache, collect, hoard, pigeonhole, place, put
definition 3: to manage, maintain, attend to, or take care of.
He keeps tropical fish.
synonyms:
attend, maintain, take care of
similar words:
guard, manage, mind, preserve, protect, supervise, sustain, tend, watch
definition 4: to cause (someone or something) to remain in a certain state or position.
Please keep the baby quiet.[verb + obj. + adj. ] Keep the dog outside for a few minutes.
similar words:
check, control, curb, detain, hold, leave, limit, maintain, stay
definition 5: to stay in, at, or on.
Keep your seats, please.
similar words:
hold, retain, stay
definition 6: to have on hand or in supply.
I always keep extra batteries in the house.
synonyms:
carry, have, hold, stock, store
similar words:
accumulate, furnish, hoard, provide, reserve, supply
definition 7: to maintain responsibility for; be faithful to.
He kept his promise to me.
synonyms:
abide by, comply with, obey, observe
antonyms:
break, neglect
similar words:
conform to, mind
definition 8: prevent.
His long illness kept him from finishing school.
definition 9: to delay.
He's so late. I wonder what's keeping him.
definition 10: to cause (someone or something) to continue doing something.
The police officer kept the suspect talking while the phone call was being traced.[verb + smby + present part ] The paint keeps the furniture looking nice.[verb + smth + present part ]
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition 1: to continue; persist in.
The dog kept barking all night.[verb + gerund ] I keep trying to lose weight, but it's hard.[verb + gerund ] Why do you keep asking the same question?[verb + gerund ] I told him to stop scratching, but he keeps doing it.[verb + gerund ]
similar words:
continue, hold, persevere
definition 2: to refrain.
He can't keep from lying.
synonyms:
cease, desist, forbear, refrain, stop
similar words:
abstain
definition 3: to remain in good condition.
The meat will keep until tomorrow.
antonyms:
spoil
similar words:
remain, stay, store
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part of speech: noun
definition: means of support; living.
How do you earn your keep?
synonyms:
livelihood, living, maintenance, subsistence
similar words:
support, sustenance, upkeep
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derivation: kept (adj.)