What does keep up mean?

Definitions for keep up

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word keep up.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. keep up(verb)

    maintain a required pace or level

    "He could not keep up and dropped out of the race"

  2. prolong, sustain, keep up(verb)

    lengthen or extend in duration or space

    "We sustained the diplomatic negotiations as long as possible"; "prolong the treatment of the patient"; "keep up the good work"

  3. conserve, preserve, maintain, keep up(verb)

    keep in safety and protect from harm, decay, loss, or destruction

    "We preserve these archeological findings"; "The old lady could not keep up the building"; "children must be taught to conserve our national heritage"; "The museum curator conserved the ancient manuscripts"

  4. keep up, keep abreast, follow(verb)

    keep informed

    "He kept up on his country's foreign policies"

  5. keep up(verb)

    prevent from going to bed at night

    "The anticipation of the trip kept the children up all night"; "I kept myself up all night studying for the exam"


  1. keep up(Verb)

    To maintain; to preserve; to prevent from deteriorating.

  2. keep up(Verb)

    To continue with (work, etc).

  3. keep up(Verb)

    To stay even or ahead.

  4. keep up(Verb)

    To ensure that one remains well-informed about something


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of keep up in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of keep up in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Lily Tomlin:

    No matter how cynical you get, it is impossible to keep up.

  2. Quentin Crisp:

    Never keep up with the Joneses. Drag them down to your level.

  3. Tanner Brownlee:

    I ’m so excited, i ’m going to try to keep up on that car, keep it as long as I can.

  4. Athenus:

    No one has yet computed how many imaginary triumphs are silently celebrated by people each year to keep up their courage.

  5. Inga Beale in an interview:

    In mature markets we aim to keep up with GDP growth and in emerging markets we would like to keep up with insurance premium growth.

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From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • ابق كما أنتArabic
  • mithalten, Schritt haltenGerman
  • mantener, seguir, ir al paso, conservar, mantener el ritmo, continuarSpanish
  • pysyä mukana, jatkaa, ylläpitääFinnish
  • maintenir, continuer, conserverFrench
  • mantenere, conservare, continuareItalian

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