[kiːp] or [kip]


(noun.) the main tower within the walls of a medieval castle or fortress.

(verb.) maintain by writing regular records; 'keep a diary'; 'maintain a record'; 'keep notes'.

(verb.) retain possession of; 'Can I keep my old stuffed animals?'; 'She kept her maiden name after she married'.

(verb.) look after; be the keeper of; have charge of; 'He keeps the shop when I am gone'.

(verb.) supply with room and board; 'He is keeping three women in the guest cottage'; 'keep boarders'.

(verb.) keep in a certain state, position, or activity; e.g., 'keep clean'; 'hold in place'; 'She always held herself as a lady'; 'The students keep me on my toes'.

(verb.) maintain in safety from injury, harm, or danger; 'May God keep you'.

(verb.) fail to spoil or rot; 'These potatoes keep for a long time'.

(verb.) hold and prevent from leaving; 'The student was kept after school'.

(verb.) 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 refrigerator'.

(verb.) raise; 'She keeps a few chickens in the yard'; 'he keeps bees'.

(verb.) store or keep customarily; 'Where do you keep your gardening tools?'.

(verb.) maintain for use and service; 'I keep a car in the countryside'; 'She keeps an apartment in Paris for her shopping trips'.

Typist: Melville--From WordNet


(v. t.) To care; to desire.

(v. t.) 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.

(v. t.) To cause to remain in a given situation or condition; to maintain unchanged; to hold or preserve in any state or tenor.

(v. t.) To have in custody; to have in some place for preservation; to take charge of.

(v. t.) To preserve from danger, harm, or loss; to guard.

(v. t.) To preserve from discovery or publicity; not to communicate, reveal, or betray, as a secret.

(v. t.) To attend upon; to have the care of; to tend.

(v. t.) To record transactions, accounts, or events in; as, to keep books, a journal, etc. ; also, to enter (as accounts, records, etc. ) in a book.

(v. t.) To maintain, as an establishment, institution, or the like; to conduct; to manage; as, to keep store.

(v. t.) To supply with necessaries of life; to entertain; as, to keep boarders.

(v. t.) To have in one's service; to have and maintain, as an assistant, a servant, a mistress, a horse, etc.

(v. t.) To have habitually in stock for sale.

(v. t.) 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.

(v. t.) 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.

(v. t.) 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 frequent.

(v. t.) To observe duty, as a festival, etc. ; to celebrate; to solemnize; as, to keep a feast.

(v. i.) To remain in any position or state; to continue; to abide; to stay; as, to keep at a distance; to keep aloft; to keep near; to keep in the house; to keep before or behind; to keep in favor; to keep out of company, or out reach.

(v. i.) To last; to endure; to remain unimpaired.

(v. i.) To reside for a time; to lodge; to dwell.

(v. i.) To take care; to be solicitous; to watch.

(v. i.) To be in session; as, school keeps to-day.

(n.) The act or office of keeping; custody; guard; care; heed; charge.

(n.) The state of being kept; hence, the resulting condition; case; as, to be in good keep.

(n.) The means or provisions by which one is kept; maintenance; support; as, the keep of a horse.

(n.) That which keeps or protects; a stronghold; a fortress; a castle; specifically, the strongest and securest part of a castle, often used as a place of residence by the lord of the castle, especially during a siege; the donjon. See Illust. of Castle.

(n.) That which is kept in charge; a charge.

(n.) A cap for retaining anything, as a journal box, in place.

Edited by Babbage

Synonyms and Synonymous

v. a. [1]. Retain, detain, hold, hold fast.[2]. Preserve, maintain, continue.[3]. Restrain, withhold.[4]. Guard, protect, take care of.[5]. Fulfil, observe, adhere to, be faithful to, be true to, stand by.[6]. Celebrate, honor, solemnize, commemorate, do honor to.[7]. Sustain, support, maintain.

v. n. [1]. Continue, remain.[2]. Stay, abide, lodge, dwell.[3]. Endure, last.

n. Stronghold, donjon.

Inputed by Betty

Synonyms and Antonyms

SYN:Hold, restrain, retain, detain, guard, preserve, suppress, repress, conceal,tend, support, maintain, conduct, continue, obey, haunt, observe, frequent,celebrate, protect, adhere_to, practise, binder, sustain

ANT:Release, acquit, liberate, send, dismiss, {[betrnj^]?}, neglect, divulge,discard, abandon, intermit, disobey, disregard, transgress, forsake, desert,{[oblivate]?}

Typed by Clyde


v.t. to have the care of: to guard: to maintain: to manage: to have in one's service: to hold for one's own use or enjoyment: to remain in: to adhere to: to practise: not to lose: to maintain hold upon: to restrain from departure: to preserve in a certain state: to maintain: to fulfill.—v.i. to remain in any position or state: to remain fresh: to last or endure: to continue: to adhere: to have rooms at college (Cambridge):—-pr.p. keep′ing; pa.t. and pa.p. kept.—n. that which keeps or protects: subsistence: food: the innermost and strongest part of a castle the donjon: a stronghold.—ns. Keep′er an attendant manager owner: a gamekeeper: socket guard-ring; Keep′ership office of a keeper; Keep′ing care: custody: charge: (Shak.) maintenance support: just proportion harmony: (paint.) due proportion of light and shade; Keep′ing-room a sitting-room parlour; Keep′sake something given to be kept for the sake of the giver—the name used often to be applied to the annuals or sumptuous gift-books so much in vogue about 1830.—Keep an act to hold an academical disputation; Keep an eye on Keep company chapel counsel distance hours house the peace &c. (see the nouns); Keep a term (see Term); Keep at it to persist in anything; Keep back to withhold: keep down to repress (see also Dark); Keep body and soul together to maintain life; Keep down to restrain; Keep from to abstain from: to remain away from; Keep going in a thing to keep one supplied with it; Keep in to prevent from escaping: to confine a pupil in the schoolroom after school hours: to conceal: to restrain; Keep in with to maintain the confidence or friendship of some one; Keep off to hinder from approaching or making an attack; Keep one's countenance to preserve a calm appearance hiding one's emotions; Keep one's hand in to retain one's skill by means of constant practice; Keep the breath to cool one's porridge to confine attention to one's own affairs; Keep the powder dry to keep one's energies ready for action; Keep to to stick closely to: to confine one's self to; Keep under to hold down in restraint; Keep up to retain one's strength or spirit: to support prevent from falling: to continue to prevent from ceasing: to maintain in good condition.

Edited by Antony


Inputed by Jenny


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