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Definition of Keep


  1. To care; to desire.
  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.
  3. To cause to remain in a given situation or condition; to maintain unchanged; to hold or preserve in any state or tenor.
  4. To have in custody; to have in some place for preservation; to take charge of.
  5. To preserve from danger, harm, or loss; to guard.
  6. To preserve from discovery or publicity; not to communicate, reveal, or betray, as a secret.
  7. To attend upon; to have the care of; to tend.
  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.
  10. To supply with necessaries of life; to entertain; as, to keep boarders.
  11. To have in one's service; to have and maintain, as an assistant, a servant, a mistress, a horse, etc.
  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.
  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.
  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 frequent.
  16. To observe duty, as a festival, etc. ; to celebrate; to solemnize; as, to keep a feast.
  17. 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.
  18. To last; to endure; to remain unimpaired.
  19. To reside for a time; to lodge; to dwell.
  20. To take care; to be solicitous; to watch.
  21. To be in session; as, school keeps to-day.
  22. The act or office of keeping; custody; guard; care; heed; charge.
  23. The state of being kept; hence, the resulting condition; case; as, to be in good keep.
  24. The means or provisions by which one is kept; maintenance; support; as, the keep of a horse.
  25. 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.
  26. That which is kept in charge; a charge.
  27. A cap for retaining anything, as a journal box, in place.

Keep Quotations

Oscar Wilde Quote
Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead.
Oscar Wilde

If you're going through hell, keep going.
Winston Churchill

Your success and happiness lies in you. Resolve to keep happy, and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties.
Helen Keller

The key is to keep company only with people who uplift you, whose presence calls forth your best.

It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool than to open it and remove all doubt.
Mark Twain
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Keep Translations

keep in Afrikaans is teel, bewaar, aanhou
keep in Danish is beholde, avle, redde
keep in Dutch is blijven
keep in German is aufbewahren, behalten, halten, halte, aufhalten
keep in Italian is osservare, trattenere, mantenere, rimanere, durare
keep in Latin is teneo, servo, retineo, arx, obtineo, conservo
keep in Norwegian is beholde
keep in Portuguese is poupar, observar, sustento
keep in Spanish is mantener, permanecer, vigilar, retener, preservar

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