keep from

phrasal verb

kept from; keeping from; keeps from
: to not do or experience (something)
She found it hard to keep from laughing.
It's difficult to keep from feeling worried about this situation.
It was hard to keep from confusing the twins.
: to prevent or stop (someone or something) from doing or experiencing (something)
She's been trying to keep herself from eating too much candy.
An umbrella will keep you from getting wet.
I don't want to keep you from (doing) your work.
: to not tell (something) to (someone)
What information are you keeping from me?
They think the government is keeping the truth from us.

Examples of keep from in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This loophole means that not only is the NRC never told about these errors, but they can also be kept from the patient. Pam Kohl and Bill Kiser, STAT, 12 Apr. 2024 The interviewers did not see the applicants’ résumés ahead of time and were largely kept from talking to one another about the candidates. Jessica Winter, The New Yorker, 3 Apr. 2024 When unvaccinated kids are kept from going to school, that number drops by 95 percent. Daniel Engber, The Atlantic, 22 Feb. 2024 But said by none other than Hammy Sammy himself: There's no better way to keep from becoming a chili dog than warm smiles on a chilly day. Kylie Martin, Detroit Free Press, 23 Mar. 2024 With these options, your dog can have more freedom of movement, while still being kept from anything that might pose a risk to them. Kelly Conaboy, Washington Post, 20 Mar. 2024 They’re allowed brief, weekly calls with their families, although the identities of the hostages have been kept from the public. Scott McLean, CNN, 14 Mar. 2024 That record shows that a former student told authorities she was locked in a room on her 18th birthday and was kept from going home for months. Laura Bauer, Kansas City Star, 5 Mar. 2024 The audience, full of eye rolls, struggled to keep from laughing out loud. Scott Howard-Cooper., Los Angeles Times, 3 Mar. 2024

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“Keep from.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

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