keep 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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Synonyms & Antonyms for keep up


hold out, hold up, last, prevail, survive


fail, fizzle, give out, go out, peter (out), run out

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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

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Despite her move stateside last year, Sweden's Princess Madeleine is still finding clever ways to keep up with her royal duties. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Sweden's Princess Madeleine Published a Children's Book That Teaches Kids to Stand Up for Themselves," 29 Jan. 2019 Snowplow drivers had trouble keeping up with the snow in Minnesota and Wisconsin, where some areas got as much as 15 inches (38 centimeters). Ivan Moreno, The Seattle Times, "Heavy snow hitting parts of Midwest; dangerous cold coming," 28 Jan. 2019 It’s 7nm with HBM memory that barely keeps up with a 2080. Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld, "Nvidia disses the Radeon VII, vowing the RTX 2080 will crush AMD's ‘underwhelming’ GPU," 9 Jan. 2019 From the outside, Simons seemed to be keeping up his end of the deal. Chavie Lieber, Vox, "The Calvin Klein brand hired big-name fashion designer Raf Simons to build relevancy. Now he’s out.," 27 Dec. 2018 The app also rewards with you with badges for keeping up the good work. Alexa Tucker, SELF, "25 Best Workout and Fitness Apps to Stay Healthy in 2019," 1 Jan. 2019 From elaborate wedding dress codes to gift-giving protocols, there are a lot of rules for keeping up with the most polite of polite society. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "Prince Harry Sent Out the Sweetest Thank You Notes to His Birthday Well-Wishers," 4 Oct. 2018 How to Avoid Post-Laundry Breakouts Beyond keeping up with your chore list, laundry products could certainly be triggering breakouts, according to the experts. Macaela Mackenzie, Allure, "Can Dryer Sheets Cause Acne and Irritation? Dermatologists Weigh In," 21 Sep. 2018 The company has been caught flat-footed in the past in not keeping up with trends in beverages. Gillian Flaccus, The Seattle Times, "Coca-Cannabis? Coke analyzing cannabis in wellness drinks," 17 Sep. 2018

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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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to deny responsibility for

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