Definition of "keep" [keep]

  • To retain possession of: kept the change; must keep your composure. (verb-transitive)
  • To have as a supply: keep an ax in the shed. (verb-transitive)
  • To provide (a family, for example) with maintenance and support: "There's little to earn and many to keep” ( Charles Kingsley). (verb-transitive)
  • To support (a mistress or lover) financially. (verb-transitive)
  • To put customarily; store: Where do you keep your saw? (verb-transitive)
  • To have or retain possession of (verb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • To have temporary possession or charge of (verb)
  • To store in a customary place (verb)
  • To remain or cause to remain in a specified state or condition (verb)
  • To continue or cause to continue (verb)
  • To have or take charge or care of (verb)
  • To look after or maintain for use, pleasure, etc (verb)
  • To provide for the upkeep or livelihood of (verb)
  • To support financially, esp in return for sexual favours (verb)
  • To confine or detain or be confined or detained (verb)
  • To withhold or reserve or admit of withholding or reserving (verb)
  • To refrain from divulging or violating (verb)
  • To preserve or admit of preservation (verb)
  • To observe with due rites or ceremonies (verb)
  • To maintain by writing regular records in (verb)
  • To stay in, on, or at (a place or position) (verb)
  • To associate with (esp in the phrase keep bad company) (verb)
  • To maintain in existence (verb)
  • To have habitually in stock (verb)
  • Living or support (noun)
  • Charge or care (noun)
  • The main tower within the walls of a medieval castle or fortress (noun) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "keep" in a sentence
  • "In case of falling into the water, the chief thing to do is to try to keep calm and to _keep your hands below your chin_."
  • "He returns in haalf an hour with everything I need, and brings back this book which I keep, -- remember, gentlemen, which I _keep_, -- a mark of confidence which in this degen'rate age is refreshin '."
  • "If we are to _be_ in Christ when we are in Ephesus, we need to keep ourselves separate and faithful, and to _keep ourselves_ in"