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keep up

part of speech: phrase
definition 1: to proceed at the same rate as someone or something else (often fol. by "with").
You're going too fast. I can't keep up with you.The class was very advanced and he was unable to keep up.Our company is still keeping up with the competition, but it's getting more difficult now.
definition 2: to continue with (some activity).
I started playing the clarinet when I was ten, and I kept it up until I was eighteen.
definition 3: to maintain (something) at a high or desired level.
I hope they can keep up this wonderful effort.You need to eat more to keep up your strength.We've kept up our friendship for twenty years now.You're doing a great job. Keep it up!
definition 4: to stop or hinder someone from going to bed or to sleep.
Don't keep your brother up too late with your game. He needs his sleep.That dog's barking kept me up till two in the morning.
definition 5: to continue to make (payments) regularly.
They took the car away because he couldn't keep up the payments.
definition 6: to stay informed (often fol. by "with").
There is so much happening, it's hard to keep up with all the news.I don't read the newspaper every day, but I do try to keep up.
definition 7: to maintain contact with someone.
I haven't kept up with Brian. Do you know what he's doing these days?