withhold implies restraint in letting go or a refusal to let go.
withheld information from the authorities
reserve suggests a keeping in store for future use.
reserve some of your energy for the last mile
She's going to keep the money she found.
I can't decide whether to sell my old car or keep it for another year.
While the company laid off some employees, others had hopes of keeping their jobs.
“The fare is $4.” “Here's $5. Keep the change.”
I asked them to keep quiet.
The program teaches kids how to keep safe near water.
I tried to keep the children quiet during the ceremony.
The local newspaper keeps people informed about what's happening in town.
The article offers tips on how to keep kids safe near water.
The movie will keep you on the edge of your seat. Noun
the keep of the stable is mainly left to the two equine-loving daughters See More
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It’s not easy for Peresta to keep all this equipment running in the wild.
Jennie Rothenberg Gritz, Smithsonian Magazine, 7 Dec. 2022 In schools that don't have supplies in bathrooms, teachers are often footing the bill to keep their classrooms stocked instead, Barks said.
Kayla Jimenez, USA TODAY, 28 Nov. 2022 The most urgent priority is finding a deal to keep the government open.
Jonathan Bydlak, National Review, 28 Nov. 2022 Cunningham also said he's started calling recruits in an effort to keep Cincinnati's 2023 recruiting class intact ahead of the start of the early signing period on Dec. 21.
Keith Jenkins, The Enquirer, 28 Nov. 2022 But the ball squirted loose after Johnson was hit by Hassan Ridgeway, and Dre Greenlaw recovered at the 1 to keep the Saints off the scoreboard.
Josh Dubow, ajc, 28 Nov. 2022 With the lockdown, Xinjiang managed to keep COVID-19 cases down, at one point even back to single digits.Time, 28 Nov. 2022 Pair it with a FLEXVOLT battery for the ultimate boost that will keep your project moving without the need for constant recharging.
Bobbi Dempsey, Popular Mechanics, 28 Nov. 2022 Le Carré’s George Smiley embodied the Cold War-era decline of the British Empire—upright and betrayed, his disposition of quiet, keep-calm-and-carry-on forbearance a proxy for Britain itself.
Jill Lepore, The New Yorker, 28 Nov. 2022
Otto says that multiple spies spotted the princess leaving the keep, disguised as a page.
Omar L. Gallaga, Washington Post, 12 Sep. 2022 After getting another shot as an emergency COVID replacement player, though, the 6-6, 242-pounder had some success with the Lakers — especially against the Jazz — playing as a four and small-ball five and earning his keep on defense.
Eric Walden, The Salt Lake Tribune, 5 Sep. 2022 To earn its keep on the menu, the Poo Driver had to be a banger.
Shaina Loew-banayan, Bon Appétit, 19 Sep. 2022 The bar-keep/butcher could put on a shirt at least. DS: The craftmanship of the wood elves is top notch.Los Angeles Times, 4 Sep. 2022 To the Ukrainian soldiers, the plant was a stronghold, surrounded on three sides by water, ringed by high walls, as seemingly impregnable as a medieval keep.New York Times, 20 July 2022 Developed by High Moon Studios, this is a more fanciful island, replete with old cobblestone streets, a winery, a smuggler’s cove and a Medieval keep.
Erik Kain, Forbes, 20 June 2022 For the most part, the shows and actors most deserving of awards-show attention earned their keep when J. B. Smoove and Melissa Fumero announced the nominees on July 12...with the exception of a few glaring omissions.
Lauren Puckett-pope, ELLE, 13 July 2022 Our Mustang had the Mach 1 Handling package, which raised its price by $3750 but earned its keep with gloriously sticky Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires, a rear spoiler with a cute Gurney kickup, and adjustable strut mounts.
Elana Scherr, Car and Driver, 27 June 2022 See More
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Verb and Noun
Middle English kepen, from Old English cēpan; perhaps akin to Old High German chapfēn to look