keep up

verb
kept up; keeping up; keeps up

Definition of keep up

transitive verb

: to persist or persevere in kept up the good work also : maintain, sustain keep standards up

intransitive verb

1 : to keep adequately informed or up-to-date keep up on international affairs
2 : to continue without interruption rain kept up all night
3 : to maintain contact or relations with someone keep up with old friends

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Examples of keep up in a Sentence

let's hope that old air conditioner keeps up through this heat wave kept the house up while the owners were gone
Recent Examples on the Web The latest generation of EVs, many with ranges around 300 miles (480 kilometers) per charge, can accept electricity at a much faster rate than previous models could, but most charging stations can't keep up with the vehicles' advanced technology. Matt Ott, Star Tribune, 13 July 2021 Few aircraft—German, British, American or otherwise—could keep up with it. David Kindy, Smithsonian Magazine, 13 July 2021 The latest generation of EVs, many with ranges around 300 miles (480 kilometers) per charge, can accept electricity at a much faster rate than previous models could, but most charging stations can't keep up with the vehicles’ advanced technology. Matt Ott, USA TODAY, 13 July 2021 Some observers say the agency—which had its sails trimmed by Congress in the deregulatory era of the 1970s and 1980s—has struggled to keep up with unfair practices online, particularly in the areas of user privacy, big data and tech mergers. Meghan Bobrowsky, WSJ, 10 July 2021 Cybersecurity professionals can barely keep up despite significant industry growth in recent years — and plenty more money is pouring in. NBC News, 9 July 2021 Pitchers are throwing harder than ever, and hitters just can't keep up. CBS News, 8 July 2021 Home improvements and construction require a lot of lumber, and mills couldn't keep up. Fortune, 7 July 2021 Moving companies cannot keep up with demand due to labor and supply shortages, and a quick look at social media reviews of popular moving companies reveals these frustrations. Ben Baldanza, Forbes, 7 July 2021

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First Known Use of keep up

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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The first known use of keep up was in the 15th century

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20 Jul 2021

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“Keep up.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/keep%20up. Accessed 24 Jul. 2021.

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