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 Another group, also in the Bay Area, is looking for a Spanish-fluent teacher to keep up with their kindergartners’ language immersion program. Nick Martin, The New Republic, "“Family Life Coaches,” Private Jets, and the One Percent’s Pandemic Economy," 6 Aug. 2020 Many have been stuck in large camps where medical care can’t keep up with poor health conditions. Dallas News, "Biden says border wall construction will stop if he’s elected president," 5 Aug. 2020 Gothard’s recommendation has been accompanied by vows that the district’s online offerings will be much-improved and no free passes given to kids who do not keep up. Anthony Lonetree, Star Tribune, "St. Paul schools eye starting year with distance learning," 4 Aug. 2020 Denver’s overloaded rent-assistance program for lower-income households will receive a $4.3 million boost to keep up with surging demand for help during the coronavirus pandemic. Jon Murray, The Denver Post, "Denver puts more money toward helping renters, owners stay in homes during pandemic," 14 July 2020 New York City Police Department officers are retiring at a pace the department can’t keep up with, forcing filing limits to be implemented. Andrew Mark Miller, Washington Examiner, "NYPD retirement filings surge by 400% forcing department to limit applications," 9 July 2020 Particularly for travel — and for kids — a hand sanitizer spray is an easy way to keep up with the clean hands habit. Lindsay Tigar, CNN Underscored, "Everything you need to go on the safest road trip possible," 9 July 2020 With thrust by Pratt & Whitney and tires by Gorilla Glue, today's performance cars are measured on a time scale that the human brain can barely keep up with. Eric Tingwall, Car and Driver, "The Greatest Cars of All Time: The Greatest Generation," 3 July 2020 For those of you that might have a little bit more space, getting yourself a great rebounding net is an excellent way to keep up your training. Popular Science, "Home tennis training tools guaranteed to up your game," 18 June 2020

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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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12 Aug 2020

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“Keep up.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/keep%20up. Accessed 15 Aug. 2020.

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