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 The Investigative Committee added that of the 21 people injured, 14 were children and seven were adults, per the Post. Want to keep up with the latest crime coverage? Nicholas Rice, Peoplemag, 26 Sep. 2022 The Patriots do not have enough offensive weapons to keep up with the kind of performance Lamar Jackson delivered against Miami. Baltimore Sun Staff, Baltimore Sun, 23 Sep. 2022 As if those weren’t enough fashion inspo to keep up happy and full for the next couple of weeks, Jenner surprised us with a sleek street style, that gave Tenniscore to the max, for her US Open date with on-again BF Devin Booker. Seventeen, 20 Sep. 2022 With more than 700,000 patients, the state should have issued at least another 22 licenses to keep up with the population of patients — doubling the number of operators in Florida. Dara Kam, Sun Sentinel, 8 Sep. 2022 And, finally, battery life to keep up with all that. WSJ, 7 Sep. 2022 The Taylors grow hundreds of plants and also source some sage from a legitimate source in Baja California to keep up with the demand. Debra Utacia Krol, The Arizona Republic, 28 Aug. 2022 Under the law, state health officials should have issued at least another 22 licenses to keep up with the population of patients. Dara Kam, Orlando Sentinel, 26 Aug. 2022 In the stock market, passive index funds, and the monster-sized ETFs like SPY track the S&P 500 index, and have pulled in lots of investor money and may have also pulled in active managers who could not keep up with the passive funds. Vineer Bhansali, Forbes, 25 Aug. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of keep up

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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30 Sep 2022

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“Keep up.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Oct. 2022.

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