Found 2 items, similar to Kept.
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n 1: the financial means whereby one lives; “each child was
expected to pay for their keep”
; “he applied to the
state for support”
; “he could no longer earn his own
, bread and butter
2: the main tower within the walls of a medieval castle or
fortress [syn: donjon
3: a cell in a jail or prison [syn: hold
v 1: keep in a certain state, position, or activity; e.g., “keep
; “hold in place”
; “She always held herself as a
; “The students keep me on my toes”
2: continue a certain state, condition, or activity; “Keep on
; “We continued to work into the night”
; “We went on working until well past midnight”
, go on
, go along
] [ant: discontinue
3: retain possession of; “Can I keep my old stuffed animals?”
“She kept her maiden name after she married”
[syn: hold on
] [ant: lose
4: prevent from doing something or being in a certain state;
“We must prevent the cancer from spreading”
; “His snoring
kept me from falling asleep”
; “Keep the child from eating
] [ant: let
5: conform one's action or practice to; “keep appointments”
“she never keeps her promises”
; “We kept to the original
conditions of the contract”
6: observe correctly or closely; “The pianist kept time with
; “keep count”
; “I cannot keep track of all
7: look after; be the keeper of; have charge of; “He keeps the
shop when I am gone”
8: maintain by writing regular records; “keep a diary”
“maintain a record”
; “keep notes”
9: supply with room and board; “He is keeping three women in
the guest cottage”
; “keep boarders”
10: allow to remain in a place or position; “We cannot continue
several servants any longer”
; “She retains a lawyer”
“The family's fortune waned and they could not keep their
; “Our grant has run out and we cannot
keep you on”
; “We kept the work going as long as we
, keep on
, keep going
11: supply with necessities and support; “She alone sustained
; “The money will sustain our good cause”
“There's little to earn and many to keep”
12: fail to spoil or rot; “These potatoes keep for a long time”
[syn: stay fresh
13: celebrate, as of holidays or rites; “Keep the commandments”
; “Observe Yom Kippur”
14: keep under control; keep in check; “suppress a smile”
; “keep your cool”
, hold back
15: maintain in safety from injury, harm, or danger; “May God
16: raise; “She keeps a few chickens in the yard”
; “he keeps
17: retain rights to; “keep my job for me while I give birth”
“keep my seat, please”
; “keep open the possibility of a
[syn: keep open
, hold open
18: store or keep customarily; “Where do you keep your gardening
19: have as a supply; “I always keep batteries in the freezer”
“keep food for a week in the pantry”
; “She keeps a
sixpack and a week's worth of supplies in the
20: maintain for use and service; “I keep a car in the
; “She keeps an apartment in Paris for her
21: hold and prevent from leaving; “The student was kept after
22: prevent (food) from rotting; “preserved meats”
adj : (especially of promises or contracts) not violated or
disregarded; “unbroken promises”
; “promises kept”
] [ant: broken
English → English
(k[=e]p), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Kept
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.]
I kepe not of armes for to yelp [boast]. --Chaucer.
2. To hold; to restrain from departure or removal; not to let
go of; to retain in one's power or possession; not to
lose; to retain; to detain.
If we lose the field,
We can not keep the town. --Shak.
That I may know what keeps me here with you.
If we would weigh and keep in our minds what we are
considering, that would instruct us. --Locke.
3. To cause to remain in a given situation or condition; to
maintain unchanged; to hold or preserve in any state or
His loyalty he kept, his love, his zeal. --Milton.
Keep a stiff rein, and move but gently on.
Note: In this sense it is often used with prepositions and
adverbs, as to keep away, to keep down, to keep from,
to keep in, out, or off, etc. “To keep off
impertinence and solicitation from his superior.”
4. To have in custody; to have in some place for
preservation; to take charge of.
The crown of Stephanus, first king of Hungary, was
always kept in the castle of Vicegrade. --Knolles.
5. To preserve from danger, harm, or loss; to guard.
Behold, I am with thee, and will keep thee. --Gen.
6. To preserve from discovery or publicity; not to
communicate, reveal, or betray, as a secret.
Great are thy virtues . . . though kept from man.
7. To attend upon; to have the care of; to tend.
And the Lord God took the man, and put him into the
garden of Eden, to dress it and to keep it. --Gen.
In her girlish age, she kept sheep on the moor.
8. To record transactions, accounts, or events in; as, to
keep books, a journal, etc.; also, to enter (as accounts,
records, etc. ) in a book.
9. To maintain, as an establishment, institution, or the
like; to conduct; to manage; as, to keep store.
Like a pedant that keeps a school. --Shak.
Every one of them kept house by himself. --Hayward.
10. To supply with necessaries of life; to entertain; as, to
11. To have in one's service; to have and maintain, as an
assistant, a servant, a mistress, a horse, etc.
I keep but three men and a boy. --Shak.
12. To have habitually in stock for sale.
13. To continue in, as a course or mode of action; not to
intermit or fall from; to hold to; to maintain; as, to
keep silence; to keep one's word; to keep possession.
Both day and night did we keep company. --Shak.
Within this portal as I kept my watch. --Smollett.
14. To observe; to adhere to; to fulfill; not to swerve from
or violate; to practice or perform, as duty; not to
neglect; to be faithful to.
I have kept the faith. --2 Tim. iv.
Him whom to love is to obey, and keep
His great command. --Milton.
15. To confine one's self to; not to quit; to remain in; as,
to keep one's house, room, bed, etc.; hence, to haunt; to
'Tis hallowed ground;
Fairies, and fawns, and satyrs do it keep. --J.
16. To observe duly, as a festival, etc.; to celebrate; to
solemnize; as, to keep a feast.
I went with them to the house of God . . . with a
multitude that kept holyday. --Ps. xlii. 4.
To keep at arm's length
. See under Arm
To keep back
(a) To reserve; to withhold. “I will keep nothing back
--Jer. xlii. 4.
(b) To restrain; to hold back. “Keep back thy servant
also from presumptuous sins.”
--Ps. xix. 13.
To keep company with
(a) To frequent the society of; to associate with; as,
let youth keep company with the wise and good.
(b) To accompany; to go with; as, to keep company with
one on a voyage; also, to pay court to, or accept
attentions from, with a view to marriage. [Colloq.]
To keep counsel
. See under Counsel
To keep down
(a) To hold in subjection; to restrain; to hinder.
(b) (Fine Arts) To subdue in tint or tone, as a portion
of a picture, so that the spectator's attention may
not be diverted from the more important parts of the
To keep good hours
or To keep bad hours
, to be
customarily early (or late) in returning home or in
retiring to rest.
To keep house
(a) To occupy a separate house or establishment, as with
one's family, as distinguished from boarding
manage domestic affairs.
(b) (Eng. Bankrupt Law) To seclude one's self in one's
house in order to evade the demands of creditors.
To keep one's hand in
, to keep in practice.
To keep open house
, to be hospitable.
To keep the peace
(Law), to avoid or to prevent a breach of
To keep school
, to govern, manage and instruct or teach a
school, as a preceptor.
To keep a stiff upper lip
, to keep up one's courage.
To keep term
(a) (Eng. Universities) To reside during a term.
(b) (Inns of Court) To eat a sufficient number of dinners
in hall to make the term count for the purpose of
being called to the bar. [Eng.] --Mozley & W.
To keep touch
. See under Touch
To keep under
, to hold in subjection; hence, to oppress.
To keep up
(a) To maintain; to prevent from falling or diminution;
as, to keep up the price of goods; to keep up one's
(b) To maintain; to continue; to prevent from ceasing.
“In joy, that which keeps up the action is the
desire to continue it.”
Syn: To retain; detain; reserve; preserve; hold; restrain;
maintain; sustain; support; withhold. -- To Keep
. Keep is the generic term, and is
often used where retain or preserve would too much
restrict the meaning; as, to keep silence, etc. Retain
denotes that we keep or hold things, as against
influences which might deprive us of them, or reasons
which might lead us to give them up; as, to retain
vivacity in old age; to retain counsel in a lawsuit;
to retain one's servant after a reverse of fortune.
Preserve denotes that we keep a thing against agencies
which might lead to its being destroyed or broken in
upon; as, to preserve one's health; to preserve