keep down


kept down; keeping down; keeps down

transitive verb

: to keep in control
keep expenses down
: to prevent from growing, advancing, or succeeding

Examples of keep down in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Some would allow for cheap fuel but would increase the cost of vehicles; others would be able to keep down the cost of both. Gal Luft, Foreign Affairs, 15 Oct. 2013 One of the more high-profile fights in Annapolis these days is the dispute over how best to keep down the cost of electricity. Baltimore Sun Editorial Board, Baltimore Sun, 19 Mar. 2024 Aries March 21 – April 19 The fire within might be hard to keep down., Sun Sentinel, 16 Jan. 2024 Apple’s skill at keeping down the price of the SE is to take an earlier design and change it almost not at all apart from color, perhaps. David Phelan, Forbes, 10 Feb. 2024 See all Example Sentences for keep down 

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Word History

First Known Use

1548, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of keep down was in 1548

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“Keep down.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jul. 2024.

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