keep up

verb

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

Synonyms

hold out, hold up, last, prevail, survive

Antonyms

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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And school board meetings are a crucial way to keep up with how a school system is handling a budget, inclusivity, security, and so much more. Emily Bloch, Teen Vogue, "6 Things to Do to Stay Political Now That Midterms Are Over," 8 Nov. 2018 But anyone who keeps up to date with royal family fashion will be quick to notice that Meghan’s latest look is almost identical to a dress worn by Kate Middleton last week for a royal engagement. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle Twinned With Kate Middleton in Her Polka Dot & Other Stories Dress," 22 Oct. 2018 ASD-Eurospace fears that Europe has not only lost its comfortable lead in commercial spaceflight, but also is falling far behind the curve and won’t have the launch hardware and spacecraft to keep up. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "How American Space Launch Left Europe in the Dust," 18 Oct. 2018 Housing demand has risen along with the improving economy, and home builders have struggled to build at a pace that keeps up with that demand. Jeff Andrews, Curbed, "Home prices have finally hit a wall on the West Coast," 16 Oct. 2018 So while Bublé’s quote may have reflected a real hesitance to keep up with being in the public eye, his comments about retiring may have been taken out of context. Megan Friedman, Good Housekeeping, "Michael Bublé Responds to Retirement Rumors After Fans Erupt on Twitter," 15 Oct. 2018 Publishers are creating their own digital platforms to directly connect with readers and encourage more engagement from fans who may not live near a comic book shop but want to keep up with the Avengers and the Justice League. Recode Staff, Recode, "Recode Daily: Google earnings on deck, Trump warns Iran: ‘BE CAUTIOUS!’," 23 July 2018 Even readers deeply acquainted with these tales will need a score card to keep up. Anchorage Daily News, "In ‘To the Ends of the Earth,’ an ambitious attempt to encompass era of polar exploration," 7 July 2018 But for many people for whom travel is an integral part of life, continuing to do just that can be a means to keep up normalcy—and maintain their passions and hobbies. Cassie Shortsleeve, Condé Nast Traveler, "What It’s Really Like to Travel With Alzheimer’s," 28 June 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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