keep up

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 Department of Agriculture employees in the Farm Belt have struggled to keep up with the Market Facilitation Program, an initiative designed by the Trump administration to mitigate losses from its disputes with China and other trading partners. NBC News, "U.S. has paid more than $1M in interest for late bailout payments to farmers," 28 Aug. 2019 The company's stock price has been in steep decline since 2015 as GameStop has struggled to keep up with the increasingly digital world of video game sales since roughly 2013. Dallas News, "Why is 'Big Short' investor betting big on struggling GameStop?," 23 Aug. 2019 Additionally, declining academic performances may indicate that a child is struggling to keep up with what’s going on in the classroom. Emilia Benton, Houston Chronicle, "Hearing and vision check-ups are another key aspect of starting a new school year," 31 July 2019 The partnership comes months after reports that Impossible Food was struggling to keep up with demand for customers like White Castle and Burger King. Abdel Jimenez,, "Impossible Foods has tapped an Aurora meat processor to make its plant-based burgers," 31 July 2019 Yes, that sentence kinda reads like a weird mad libs, but keep up! Rachel Paige,, "Spider-Man: Far From Home," 5 July 2019 Kids thrive in this environment because most of us as parents can’t keep up with the pace of change in technology, or turn our head to what our kids might be putting out there. Bird Brown,, "Bird Brown: It’s time to get in front of social media’s dark side," 15 Sep. 2019 To keep up with the new submarine demand, EB has been hiring and expanding its supplier base. Stephen Singer,, "Electric Boat marks biggest Groton shipyard expansion in decades with the start of construction of the assembly site for the Columbia-class submarine," 13 Sep. 2019 Don’t care about keeping up with real-time wittiness on social media? Patrick Lucas Austin, Time, "Apple Is Set to Unveil New iPhones on Tuesday. Here's How and When to Watch," 9 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of keep up

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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30 Oct 2019

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

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