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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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 in keeping up with all that momentum, Zendaya’s back with a brand-new Vogue cover! Christian Allaire, Vogue, "5 Things You Didn’t Know About Zendaya," 9 May 2019 Doctors advise keeping up with this regimen during pregnancy, as well, to condition the pelvic floor muscles ahead of the birth. Kristi Kellogg, Glamour, "Your Vagina After Birth: 10 Things to Expect," 29 Apr. 2019 And so, when the interest rates are reset, these companies are going to have trouble keeping up with these loans, let alone paying them back. Eric Johnson, Recode, "American capitalism broke in the 1980s. Can it be fixed?," 7 Nov. 2018 My last boyfriend, who was nine years my junior, couldn’t keep up with me. Melanie Hamlett, Glamour, "Men My Age Wouldn’t Date Me, so I Became a ‘Cougar’," 5 Apr. 2019 Professionally, Loughlin has kept up a steady career as an actress, notably starring in over a dozen Garage Sale Mystery TV movies in the past few years. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "How Lori Loughlin and Her Husband Mossimo Giannulli Became Involved in the College Admissions Scandal," 13 Mar. 2019 Sure, a new MacBook Air is great, but if Apple can’t maintain specs to keep up with the times, it’ll quickly be outclassed by the competition again. Chaim Gartenberg, The Verge, "The Verge 2018 tech report card: Apple," 27 Dec. 2018 That’s left regulators scrambling to keep up, and a big question mark about what vaping nicotine might mean for the health outcomes of this new generation. Julia Belluz, Vox, "Vaping gone viral: the astonishing surge in teens’ e-cigarette use," 18 Dec. 2018 Getty Images For everyone who follows the royal family simply to keep up with the fairytale romances, the perfect white weddings, and the general magic of it all, consider this your lucky day. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle May Wear a Tiara for the First Time Since the Royal Wedding During Her Tour with Prince Harry," 5 Oct. 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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