Synonyms and Antonyms of keep

  1. the act or activity of keeping something in an existing and usually satisfactory condition the keep of the stable is mainly left to the two equine-loving daughters Synonyms care and feeding, conservation, conserving, maintenance, preservation, preserving, sustentation, upkeepRelated Words conservancy; support, sustaining; care, custody, guardianship; defense, guarding, protection, safeguarding, safekeepingNear Antonyms dereliction, disregard, ignoring, inattention, neglect, negligence; damage, demolition, destruction, harm, hurt, injury, ruin, ruination



Synonyms and Antonyms of keep

  1. 1 to mark with an appropriate practice, rite, or ceremony keep the Sabbath by not working Synonyms celebrate, commemorate, observe Related Words bless, consecrate, sanctify, solemnize; fete (or fête), honor, laud, praise; memorialize, remember Near Antonyms blow off, disregard, forget, ignore, neglect, overlook Antonyms break, transgress, violate

  2. 2 to continue to have in one's possession or power the money is yours to keep keep my secret and don't tell it to anyone Synonyms hold, reserve, retain, withhold Related Words conserve, guard, preserve, protect, save; boast, enjoy, have, own, possess; command, control, detain, direct, manage, rule; bear, harbor; cherish, cling (to), hug, treasure Phrases hang on to, hold on to Near Antonyms abandon, cede, drop; contribute, donate, give, hand out; discard, dump; decline, reject, repudiate, spurn; lose Antonyms give up, hand over, release, relinquish, surrender, yield

  3. 3 to do what is required by the terms of make sure you keep your promise to help out at the homeless shelter Synonyms answer, complete, comply (with), fill, fulfill, meet, redeem, satisfyRelated Words conclude, consummate, finalize, finish, perfect; accomplish, achieve, bring about, bring off, carry out, effect; commit, compass, discharge, execute, follow through (with), make, performNear Antonyms default (on); disregard, forget, ignore, neglect, overlook, overpass, pass over, slightAntonyms breach, break, transgress, violate

  4. 4 to place somewhere for safekeeping or ready availability I keep extra toothbrushes for unexpected overnight guests Synonyms store, put up, reposit, stowRelated Words cellar, garage, hangar, house, warehouse; file, pack, shelve

  5. 5 to pay the living expenses of looking for a sugar daddy to keep her in a style to which she'd dearly love to become accustomed Synonyms support, maintain, provide (for)Related Words finance, fund, patronize, set up, sponsor, stake, underwrite

  6. 6 to look after and make decisions about enlisted a relative to keep the store while she was away Synonyms administer, administrate, carry on, control, direct, govern, guide, handle, conduct, manage, operate, overlook, oversee, preside (over), regulate, run, steward, superintend, supervise, tendRelated Words care (for), mind, watch; lead, pilot, steer; guard, protect, safeguard; micromanage, stage-manage; codirect, comanage

  7. 7 to keep from exceeding a desirable degree or level (as of expression) at least try to keep your temper during the holiday meal Synonyms bridle, check, constrain, contain, curb, govern, hold, inhibit, control, measure, pull in, regulate, rein (in), restrain, rule, tameRelated Words bottle (up), choke (back), hold back, mince, muffle, pocket, repress, sink, smother, squelch, stifle, strangle, suppress, swallow; arrest, interrupt, stop; block, hamper, handcuff, hinder, impede, obstruct; gag, muzzle, silenceNear Antonyms liberate, loose, loosen, unleash; air, express, take out, ventAntonyms lose

  8. 8 to drive danger or attack away from may God bless and keep you Synonyms bulwark, cover, fence, fend, forfend, guard, defend, protect, safeguard, screen, secure, shield, wardRelated Words avert, prevent; oppose, resist, withstand; battle, contend, fight, war; conserve, preserve, save; buffer, palisade, picket, wallNear Antonyms bombard, storm; beset, besiege, overrun; capitulate, cave, submit, yieldAntonyms assail, assault, attack

Learn More about keep

Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up keep? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!


to bring about or cause (something)

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

The Emoji Quiz

  • emoji-the-quiz
  • What phase of the moon is this: 🌖 ?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?


Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.


Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!