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keep

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1 to mark with an appropriate practice, rite, or ceremony
  • kept 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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hang on to, hold on to

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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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abide by, make good (or make good on)

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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
  • keeping foster children
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foot the bill (for), take care of

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

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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stand up for

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Synonym Discussion of keep

keep, observe, celebrate, commemorate 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
observe suggests marking the occasion by ceremonious performance.
    • not all holidays are observed nationally
celebrate suggests acknowledging an occasion by festivity.
    • traditionally celebrates Thanksgiving with a huge dinner
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

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