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Definition 1: prevent from going to bed at night - [verb of body]

Samples where keep up or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The anticipation of the trip kept the children up all night
  • I kept myself up all night studying for the exam

(keep up causes ...) not go to bed

"Don't stay up so late--you have to go to work tomorrow" "We sat up all night to watch the election"

Definition 2: keep informed - [verb of change]

Samples where keep up or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • He kept up on his country's foreign policies

Synonyms for keep up in the sense of this definition

(keep up has a similar meaning as ...) follow, discover, or ascertain the course of development of something

"We must follow closely the economic development is Cuba" "trace the student's progress" "trace one's ancestry"

Definition 3: maintain a required pace or level - [verb of competition]

Samples where keep up or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • He could not keep up and dropped out of the race

(... is a kind of keep up ) maintain the same pace

"The child cannot keep step with his big brother"

(keep up implies ...) compete for something; engage in a contest; measure oneself against others

Definition 4: keep in safety and protect from harm, decay, loss, or destruction - [verb of possession]

Samples where keep up or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • We preserve these archeological findings
  • The old lady could not keep up the building
  • children must be taught to conserve our national heritage
  • The museum curator conserved the ancient manuscripts

Synonyms for keep up in the sense of this definition

(keep up is a kind of ...) look after; be the keeper of; have charge of

"He keeps the shop when I am gone"

(... is a kind of keep up ) preserve a dead body

(... is a kind of keep up ) preserve (tissue) with plastics, as for teaching and research purposes

"The doctor plastinates bodies to teach anatomy to his students"

(... is a kind of keep up ) hold the line on prices; keep the price of something constant

Definition 5: lengthen or extend in duration or space - [verb of stative]

Samples where keep up or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • We sustained the diplomatic negotiations as long as possible
  • prolong the treatment of the patient
  • keep up the good work

Synonyms for keep up in the sense of this definition

(keep up is a kind of ...) keep or maintain in unaltered condition; cause to remain or last

"preserve the peace in the family" "continue the family tradition" "Carry on the old traditions"

(... is a kind of keep up ) allow to remain in a place or position or maintain a property or feature

"We cannot continue several servants any longer" "She retains a lawyer" "The family's fortune waned and they could not keep their household staff" "Our grant has run out and we cannot keep you on" "We kept the work going as long as we could" "She retained her composure" "this garment retains its shape even after many washings"

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