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keep

verb

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(Entry 1 of 2)

1 to mark with an appropriate practice, rite, or ceremony
  • keep the Sabbath by not working

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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

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3 to do what is required by the terms of
  • make sure you keep your promise to help out at the homeless shelter

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4 to place somewhere for safekeeping or ready availability
  • I keep extra toothbrushes for unexpected overnight guests

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5 to pay the living expenses of
  • agreed to keep both of their children in off-campus housing until they graduated and found jobs

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6 to look after and make decisions about
  • enlisted a relative to keep the store while she was away

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7 to keep from exceeding a desirable degree or level (as of expression)
  • try to keep your composure no matter what happens

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8 to drive danger or attack away from
  • may God bless and keep you

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keep

noun

Synonyms & Antonyms of keep (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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Frequently Asked Questions About keep

How is the word keep different from other verbs like it?

Some common synonyms of keep are celebrate, commemorate, and observe. While all these words mean "to notice or honor a day, occasion, or deed," keep stresses the idea of not neglecting or violating.

kept the Sabbath by refraining from work

Where would celebrate be a reasonable alternative to keep?

While in some cases nearly identical to keep, celebrate suggests acknowledging an occasion by festivity.

traditionally celebrates Thanksgiving with a huge dinner

When might commemorate be a better fit than keep?

In some situations, the words commemorate and keep are roughly equivalent. However, commemorate suggests that an occasion is marked by observances that remind one of the origin and significance of the event.

commemorate Memorial Day with the laying of wreaths

When is it sensible to use observe instead of keep?

Although the words observe and keep have much in common, observe suggests marking the occasion by ceremonious performance.

not all holidays are observed nationally

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The first known use of keep was before the 12th century

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“Keep.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/keep. Accessed 24 Sep. 2020.

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