Definitions for keepkip

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

keepkip(v.; n.)kept, keep•ing

  1. (v.t.)to hold or retain in one's possession, either permanently or temporarily.

  2. to hold in a given place; put or store:

    to keep mints in a dish.

  3. to maintain (some action), as in accordance with duty:

    to keep watch.

  4. to cause to continue in a given position, state, course, or action:

    to keep a light burning.

  5. to maintain in condition or order:

    to keep a lawn mowed.

  6. to maintain in usable or edible condition; preserve:

    to keep meat by freezing it.

  7. to hold in custody or under guard, as a prisoner.

  8. to cause to stay in a particular place; detain:

    The work kept me at the office.

  9. to have readily available for use or sale:

    to keep machine parts in stock.

  10. to maintain in one's service or for one's use:

    to keep a car and chauffeur.

  11. to associate with:

    to keep bad company.

  12. to have the care, charge, or custody of:

    She keeps my dog when I travel.

  13. to refrain from disclosing:

    to keep a secret.

  14. to withhold, as from use; reserve:

    to keep the best wine for guests.

  15. to restrain or prevent, as from an action:

    to keep a pipe from leaking.

  16. to control; regulate:

    to keep one's temper.

  17. to maintain by writing:

    to keep a diary.

  18. to record regularly or consistently:

    to keep attendance figures.

  19. to observe; obey or fulfill (a law, rule, promise, etc.).

  20. to observe (a season, festival, etc.) with formalities or rites.

  21. to maintain or carry on, as an establishment or business; manage.

  22. to guard; protect:

    He kept her from harm.

  23. to maintain or support:

    Can you keep a family on those wages?

  24. to take care of; tend:

    to keep an herb garden.

  25. to raise and provide for the care of as owner:

    to keep goats.

    Category: Agriculture

  26. to remain in (a place, spot, etc.):

    Please keep your seats.

  27. to maintain one's position in or on:

    to keep a job.

  28. to continue to follow (a path, course, etc.).

  29. (v.i.)to continue in an action, course, position, or state:

    to keep going; to keep calm.

  30. to remain in a particular place:

    to keep indoors.

  31. to continue without damage or spoilage:

    Will the milk keep for another day?

  32. to admit of being reserved for a future occasion:

    The rest of the story will keep.

  33. to stay as specified (fol. by away, back, off, out, etc.):

    Keep off the grass.

  34. to restrain oneself; refrain (usu. fol. by from):

    Try to keep from smiling.

  35. keep at, to persevere in.

    Category: Verb Phrase

  36. keep back, to hold in check; restrain. to stay away from.

    Category: Verb Phrase

  37. keep down, to maintain at an acceptable level; control. to prevent from advancing or flourishing. to avoid regurgitation of.

    Category: Common Vocabulary, Verb Phrase

  38. keep on, to persevere.

    Category: Verb Phrase

  39. keep to, to conform to: to confine oneself to:

    to keep to the rules.

    to keep to one's bed.

    Category: Verb Phrase

  40. keep up, to perform as swiftly or successfully as others. to persevere; continue. to maintain in good condition or repair. to stay informed.

    Category: Verb Phrase

  41. (n.)board and lodging; support.

  42. the innermost and strongest structure or central tower of a medieval castle; dungeon.

    Category: Fortification

Idioms for keep:

  1. for keeps, with the understanding that winnings are retained by the winner. with serious intent or purpose. permanently; forever.

    Category: Idiom, Informal

  2. keep to oneself, to remain aloof from the society of others. to hold (something) as secret or confidential.

    Category: Idiom

Origin of keep:

bef. 1000; ME kepen, OE cēpan to observe, heed, watch, take

Princeton's WordNet

  1. support, keep, livelihood, living, bread and butter, sustenance(noun)

    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 livelihood"

  2. keep, donjon, dungeon(noun)

    the main tower within the walls of a medieval castle or fortress

  3. hold, keep(verb)

    a cell in a jail or prison

  4. keep, maintain, hold(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"

  5. continue, go on, proceed, go along, keep(verb)

    continue a certain state, condition, or activity

    "Keep on working!"; "We continued to work into the night"; "Keep smiling"; "We went on working until well past midnight"

  6. keep, hold on(verb)

    retain possession of

    "Can I keep my old stuffed animals?"; "She kept her maiden name after she married"

  7. prevent, keep(verb)

    stop (someone or something) 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 the marbles"

  8. observe, keep(verb)

    conform one's action or practice to

    "keep appointments"; "she never keeps her promises"; "We kept to the original conditions of the contract"

  9. observe, keep, maintain(verb)

    stick to correctly or closely

    "The pianist kept time with the metronome"; "keep count"; "I cannot keep track of all my employees"

  10. keep(verb)

    look after; be the keeper of; have charge of

    "He keeps the shop when I am gone"

  11. keep, maintain(verb)

    maintain by writing regular records

    "keep a diary"; "maintain a record"; "keep notes"

  12. keep(verb)

    supply with room and board

    "He is keeping three women in the guest cottage"; "keep boarders"

  13. retain, continue, keep, keep on(verb)

    allow to remain in a place or position or maintain a property or feature

    "We cannot continue several servants any longer"; "She retains a lawyer"; "The family's fortune waned and they could not keep their household staff"; "Our grant has run out and we cannot keep you on"; "We kept the work going as long as we could"; "She retained her composure"; "this garment retains its shape even after many washings"

  14. sustain, keep, maintain(verb)

    supply with necessities and support

    "She alone sustained her family"; "The money will sustain our good cause"; "There's little to earn and many to keep"

  15. keep, stay fresh(verb)

    fail to spoil or rot

    "These potatoes keep for a long time"

  16. observe, celebrate, keep(verb)

    behave as expected during of holidays or rites

    "Keep the commandments"; "celebrate Christmas"; "Observe Yom Kippur"

  17. restrain, keep, keep back, hold back(verb)

    keep under control; keep in check

    "suppress a smile"; "Keep your temper"; "keep your cool"

  18. keep, preserve(verb)

    maintain in safety from injury, harm, or danger

    "May God keep you"

  19. keep(verb)


    "She keeps a few chickens in the yard"; "he keeps bees"

  20. keep open, hold open, keep, save(verb)

    retain rights to

    "keep my job for me while I give birth"; "keep my seat, please"; "keep open the possibility of a merger"

  21. keep(verb)

    store or keep customarily

    "Where do you keep your gardening tools?"

  22. keep(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"

  23. keep, maintain(verb)

    maintain for use and service

    "I keep a car in the countryside"; "She keeps an apartment in Paris for her shopping trips"

  24. keep(verb)

    hold and prevent from leaving

    "The student was kept after school"

  25. preserve, keep(verb)

    prevent (food) from rotting

    "preserved meats"; "keep potatoes fresh"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. keep(verb)kip

    to stay or make stay in a position or state

    penguins standing together to keep warm; a toy to keep the baby happy; Keep away from the fire.; We were kept waiting for hours.; You're keeping the baby awake/up!

  2. keepkip

    used on signs to tell people not to enter a place

  3. keepkip

    to not give back or not throw away

    I let her keep the picture.; She kept his letters until she died.

  4. keepkip

    to do sth repeatedly or continually

    The fridge keeps making a funny noise.; She kept telling him to stop.

  5. keepkip

    to store sth somewhere

    We keep the tools in that drawer.

  6. keepkip

    to make a record of data or information

    They kept a record of every change in the numbers.; kids who keep diaries

  7. keepkip

    to not tell anyone a piece of information

    My sister can't keep a secret.

  8. keepkip

    to do what you said you would do

    to keep a promise/appointment

  9. keepkip

    (of food) to stay fresh

    Throw the yogurt out - it won't keep any longer.

  10. keepkip

    to own and feed animals, especially for eggs, meat, or milk

    She kept a goat and a few chickens.

  11. keepkip

    to continue to live despite difficulties

    families who must keep going in times of war

  12. keepkip

    used to encourage sb to continue

    Keep going - you're almost there.

  13. keepkip

    to help sb continue in a difficult situation

    Your letters kept me going during the long winter months.

  14. keepkip

    to hope that what you want to happen will happen

    We'll have to keep our fingers crossed for good weather for our trip to the beach.


  1. keep(Noun)

    Care, notice

  2. keep(Noun)

    The main tower of a castle or fortress, located within the castle walls.

  3. keep(Noun)

    The food or money required to keep someone alive and healthy; one's support, maintenance.

    He works as a cobbler's apprentice for his keep.

  4. keep(Verb)

    to maintain possession of

    I keep a small stock of painkillers for emergencies.

  5. keep(Verb)

    to maintain the condition of

    I keep my specimens under glass to protect them.

  6. keep(Verb)

    To remain in, to be confined to

  7. keep(Verb)

    to wait for, keep watch for

  8. keep(Verb)

    to restrain

    I keep my brother out of trouble by keeping him away from his friends and hard at work.

  9. keep(Verb)

    to protect, guard (someone from something)

  10. keep(Verb)

    to continue

    I keep taking the tablets, but to no avail.

  11. keep(Verb)

    to remain edible or otherwise usable

  12. keep(Verb)

    to remain in a state

    The rabbit avoided detection by keeping still.

  13. keep(Verb)

    to act as wicket-keeper

    Godfrey Evans kept for England for many years.

  14. keep(Verb)

    to raise; to care for

  15. keep(Verb)

    to supply with necessities and financially support a person

  16. Origin: kepen, from cepan, from kōpijanan (confer West Frisian kypje ‘to look’), variant of kapōnan (confer Old English capian ‘to look’, Dutch kapen ‘to seize, snatch’, German kapfen ‘to gape’, Danish kope), from ǵab-, ǵāb- (confer Lithuanian žẽbti ‘to eat reluctantly’, Russian забота ‘care, worry’).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Keep(verb)

    to care; to desire

  2. Keep(verb)

    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. Keep(verb)

    to cause to remain in a given situation or condition; to maintain unchanged; to hold or preserve in any state or tenor

  4. Keep(verb)

    to have in custody; to have in some place for preservation; to take charge of

  5. Keep(verb)

    to preserve from danger, harm, or loss; to guard

  6. Keep(verb)

    to preserve from discovery or publicity; not to communicate, reveal, or betray, as a secret

  7. Keep(verb)

    to attend upon; to have the care of; to tend

  8. Keep(verb)

    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. Keep(verb)

    to maintain, as an establishment, institution, or the like; to conduct; to manage; as, to keep store

  10. Keep(verb)

    to supply with necessaries of life; to entertain; as, to keep boarders

  11. Keep(verb)

    to have in one's service; to have and maintain, as an assistant, a servant, a mistress, a horse, etc

  12. Keep(verb)

    to have habitually in stock for sale

  13. Keep(verb)

    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. Keep(verb)

    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. Keep(verb)

    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. Keep(verb)

    to observe duty, as a festival, etc. ; to celebrate; to solemnize; as, to keep a feast

  17. Keep(verb)

    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. Keep(verb)

    to last; to endure; to remain unimpaired

  19. Keep(verb)

    to reside for a time; to lodge; to dwell

  20. Keep(verb)

    to take care; to be solicitous; to watch

  21. Keep(verb)

    to be in session; as, school keeps to-day

  22. Keep(noun)

    the act or office of keeping; custody; guard; care; heed; charge

  23. Keep(noun)

    the state of being kept; hence, the resulting condition; case; as, to be in good keep

  24. Keep(noun)

    the means or provisions by which one is kept; maintenance; support; as, the keep of a horse

  25. Keep(noun)

    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. Keep(noun)

    that which is kept in charge; a charge

  27. Keep(noun)

    a cap for retaining anything, as a journal box, in place


  1. Keep

    A keep is a type of fortified tower built within castles during the Middle Ages by European nobility. Scholars have debated the scope of the word keep, but usually consider it to refer to large towers in castles that were fortified residences, used as a refuge of last resort should the rest of the castle fall to an adversary. The first keeps were made of timber and formed a key part of the motte and bailey castles that emerged in Normandy and Anjou during the 10th century; the design spread to England as a result of the Norman invasion of 1066, and in turn spread into Wales during the second half of the 11th century and into Ireland in the 1170s. The Anglo-Normans and French rulers began to build stone keeps during the 10th and 11th centuries; these included Norman keeps, with a square or rectangular design, and circular shell keeps. Stone keeps carried considerable political as well as military importance and could take up to a decade to build. During the 12th century new designs began to be introduced – in France, quatrefoil-shaped keeps were introduced, while in England polygonal towers were built. By the end of the century, French and English keep designs began to diverge: Philip II of France built a sequence of circular keeps as part of his bid to stamp his royal authority on his new territories, while in England castles were built that abandoned the use of keeps altogether. In Spain, keeps were increasingly incorporated into both Christian and Islamic castles, although in Germany the use of tall towers called bergfried, rather than keeps in the western fashion, were preferred. In the second half of the 14th century there was a resurgence in the building of keeps. In France, the keep at Vincennes began a fashion for tall, heavily machicolated designs, a trend adopted in Spain most prominently through the Valladolid school of Spanish castle design. Meanwhile, in England tower keeps became popular amongst the most wealthy nobles: these large keeps, each uniquely designed, formed part of the grandest castles built during the period.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'keep' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #351

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'keep' in Written Corpus Frequency: #247

  3. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'keep' in Verbs Frequency: #40

Anagrams of keep

  1. kepe, peek, PEEK, Peke

  2. Kepe

  3. Peek

  4. Peke

Translations for keep

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


to have for a very long or indefinite period of time

He gave me the picture to keep.

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