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kept

verb
past tense of keep

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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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“Kept.” The Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/kept. Accessed 21 November 2019.

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