Definition of keep after
1 informal : to tell (someone) again and again to do something My kids kept after me to quit smoking, so I finally did. I wasn't going to audition, but my friends kept after me.
2 US : to require (a student) to stay at school after classes have ended The teacher kept him after (school) for misbehaving in class.
Word by Word Definitions
: to retain in one's possession or power
: to refrain from granting, giving, or allowing
: to have in control
: the means or provisions by which one is kept
: one that keeps or protects: such as
: fortress, castle
: following in time or place : afterward, behind, later
: subsequently to the time when
: later in time
: located toward the rear and especially toward the stern of a ship or tail of an aircraft
: used with a present participle to indicate action completed and especially just completed
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