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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Synonyms & Antonyms for keep up


hold out, hold up, last, prevail, survive


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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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 And rest assured, the new midcourt cardinal has on Adidas sneakers and its face has been modified slightly to keep up with updates made to the school's logo in the decades since the Dunking Cardinal Bird has been used. Lucas Aulbach, The Courier-Journal, "Is it basketball season yet? Louisville lays down dunking cardinal court at Yum Center," 4 Sep. 2019 According to the report, WMBB reached out to officials from the Florida Department of Agriculture who are responsible for keeping up with the maintenance of these rides but did not hear back. Ricky Pinela,, "Video: Bungee cord snaps on Florida slingshot ride as riders were about to launch," 20 Aug. 2019 The company has done a better job lately at keeping up with Amazon. Julia Horowitz, CNN, "Before the Bell: Investors are panicking. Here's the case for calm," 15 Aug. 2019 We cant really get involved in keeping up with the Joneses. Shayna Rubin, The Mercury News, "Oakland Athletics trade for Reds starter Tanner Roark," 31 July 2019 Between his relentless touring and prodigious recording output — as both a solo artist and in collaboration with such acts as White Fence and Mikal Cronin — keeping up with his music has become something of an in-joke among fans. Andrea Domanick, Los Angeles Times, "Inside rocker Ty Segall’s two-month L.A. residency: ‘This is too crazy to work’," 31 July 2019

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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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