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Definition 1: the main tower within the walls of a medieval castle or fortress - [noun denoting artifact]

Synonyms for keep in the sense of this definition

(keep is a kind of ...) a strongly fortified defensive structure

(... is an instance of keep) a dungeon (20 feet square) in a fort in Calcutta where as many as 146 English prisoners were held overnight by Siraj-ud-daula; the next morning only 23 were still alive

(... is part of keep) a large building formerly occupied by a ruler and fortified against attack

Definition 2: a cell in a jail or prison - [noun denoting artifact]

Synonyms for keep in the sense of this definition

(keep is a kind of ...) a room where a prisoner is kept

Definition 3: the financial means whereby one lives - [noun denoting possession]

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

  • each child was expected to pay for their keep
  • he applied to the state for support
  • he could no longer earn his own livelihood

Synonyms for keep in the sense of this definition

(keep is a kind of ...) available source of wealth; a new or reserve supply that can be drawn upon when needed

(... is a kind of keep ) things that make you comfortable and at ease

"all the comforts of home"

(... is a kind of keep ) means of maintenance of a family or group

(... is a kind of keep ) a source of income or livelihood

(... is a kind of keep ) minimal (or marginal) resources for subsisting

"social security provided only a bare subsistence"

Definition 4: prevent (food) from rotting - [verb of change]

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

  • preserved meats
  • keep potatoes fresh

Synonyms for keep in the sense of this definition

(keep is a kind of ...) prepare for eating by applying heat

"Cook me dinner, please" "can you make me an omelette?" "fix breakfast for the guests, please"

(... is a kind of keep ) preserve by rapid freezing and subsequently drying in a vacuum

"freeze-dry the strawberries"

(... is a kind of keep ) preserve with salt

"corned beef"

(... is a kind of keep ) prepare by drying, salting, or chemical processing in order to preserve

"cure meats" "cure pickles" "cure hay"

(... is a kind of keep ) preserve by chilling

"many foods must be refrigerated or else they will spoil"

(... is a kind of keep ) preserve in a can or tin

"tinned foods are not very tasty"

(... is a kind of keep ) preserve with salt

"people used to salt meats on ships"

(... is a kind of keep ) preserve in a pickling liquid

(... is a kind of keep ) preserve by removing all water and liquids from

"carry dehydrated food on your camping trip"

(... is a kind of keep ) preserve with sugar

"Mom always conserved the strawberries we grew in the backyard"

(keep has a similar meaning as ...) fail to spoil or rot

"These potatoes keep for a long time"

Definition 5: prevent the action or expression of - [verb of change]

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

  • hold back your anger
  • keep your cool
  • she struggled to restrain her impatience at the delays

Synonyms for keep in the sense of this definition

(... is a kind of keep ) keep from exhaling or expelling

"hold your breath"

(... is a kind of keep ) keep back by blinking

"blink away tears"

(... is a kind of keep ) keep in check

"rule one's temper"

(... is a kind of keep ) restrain the emission of (sound, fluid, etc.)

(... is a kind of keep ) keep from expressing

"I swallowed my anger and kept quiet"

(... is a kind of keep ) prevent from leaving or from being removed

(... is a kind of keep ) lessen the intensity of; temper; hold in restraint; hold or keep within limits

"moderate your alcohol intake" "hold your tongue" "hold your temper" "control your anger"

Definition 6: stick to correctly or closely - [verb of cognition]

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

  • The pianist kept time with the metronome
  • keep count
  • I cannot keep track of all my employees

Synonyms for keep in the sense of this definition

Definition 7: maintain by writing regular records - [verb of communication]

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

  • keep a diary
  • maintain a record
  • keep notes

Synonyms for keep in the sense of this definition

(keep is a kind of ...) make a record of; set down in permanent form

Definition 8: supply with necessities and support - [verb of consumption]

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

  • She alone sustained her family
  • The money will sustain our good cause
  • There's little to earn and many to keep

Synonyms for keep in the sense of this definition

(keep is a kind of ...) have or possess, either in a concrete or an abstract sense

"She has $1,000 in the bank" "He has got two beautiful daughters" "She holds a Master's degree from Harvard"

(... is a kind of keep ) support by being a patron of

(... is a kind of keep ) maintain by seeding without human intervention

"Some plants reseed themselves indefinitely"

(... is a kind of keep ) keep up with financial support

"The Federal Government carried the province for many years"

Definition 9: hold and prevent from leaving - [verb of contact]

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

  • The student was kept after school

(keep is a kind of ...) deprive of freedom; take into confinement

(keep has a similar meaning as ...) stop (someone or something) from doing something or being in a certain state

"We must prevent the cancer from spreading" "His snoring kept me from falling asleep" "Keep the child from eating the marbles"

Definition 10: retain possession of - [verb of possession]

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

  • Can I keep my old stuffed animals?
  • She kept her maiden name after she married

Synonyms for keep in the sense of this definition

(keep is a kind of ...) have or possess, either in a concrete or an abstract sense

"She has $1,000 in the bank" "He has got two beautiful daughters" "She holds a Master's degree from Harvard"

(... is a kind of keep ) hold over goods to be sold for the next season

(... is a kind of keep ) secure and keep for possible future use or application

"The landlord retained the security deposit" "I reserve the right to disagree"

(... is a kind of keep ) find a place for and put away for storage

"where should we stow the vegetables?" "I couldn't store all the books in the attic so I sold some"

(... is a kind of keep ) keep or lay aside for future use

"store grain for the winter" "The bear stores fat for the period of hibernation when he doesn't eat"

(... is a kind of keep ) to keep up and reserve for personal or special use

"She saved the old family photographs in a drawer"

(... is a kind of keep ) retain and refrain from disbursing; of payments

"My employer is withholding taxes"

(... is a kind of keep ) refuse to let have

"She denies me every pleasure" "he denies her her weekly allowance"

(... is a kind of keep ) keep in one's possession; of animals

(keep has a similar meaning as ...) retain rights to

"keep my job for me while I give birth" "keep my seat, please" "keep open the possibility of a merger"

Definition 11: look after; be the keeper of; have charge of - [verb of possession]

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

  • He keeps the shop when I am gone

(keep is a kind of ...) have or possess, either in a concrete or an abstract sense

"She has $1,000 in the bank" "He has got two beautiful daughters" "She holds a Master's degree from Harvard"

(... is a kind of keep ) keep in safety and protect from harm, decay, loss, or destruction

"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"

(keep has a similar meaning as ...) maintain in safety from injury, harm, or danger

"May God keep you"

Definition 12: retain rights to - [verb of possession]

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

  • keep my job for me while I give birth
  • keep my seat, please
  • keep open the possibility of a merger

Synonyms for keep in the sense of this definition

(keep is a kind of ...) arrange for and reserve (something for someone else) in advance

"reserve me a seat on a flight" "The agent booked tickets to the show for the whole family" "please hold a table at Maxim's"

(keep has a similar meaning as ...) retain possession of

"Can I keep my old stuffed animals?" "She kept her maiden name after she married"

Definition 13: maintain for use and service - [verb of possession]

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

  • I keep a car in the countryside
  • She keeps an apartment in Paris for her shopping trips

Synonyms for keep in the sense of this definition

(keep is a kind of ...) have or possess, either in a concrete or an abstract sense

"She has $1,000 in the bank" "He has got two beautiful daughters" "She holds a Master's degree from Harvard"

Definition 14: have as a supply - [verb of possession]

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

  • I always keep batteries in the freezer
  • keep food for a week in the pantry
  • She keeps a sixpack and a week's worth of supplies in the refrigerator

(keep is a kind of ...) have or possess, either in a concrete or an abstract sense

"She has $1,000 in the bank" "He has got two beautiful daughters" "She holds a Master's degree from Harvard"

(keep has a similar meaning as ...) store or keep customarily

"Where do you keep your gardening tools?"

Definition 15: store or keep customarily - [verb of possession]

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

  • Where do you keep your gardening tools?

(keep is a kind of ...) find a place for and put away for storage

"where should we stow the vegetables?" "I couldn't store all the books in the attic so I sold some"

(keep has a similar meaning as ...) have as a supply

"I always keep batteries in the freezer" "keep food for a week in the pantry" "She keeps a sixpack and a week's worth of supplies in the refrigerator"

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

  • We must prevent the cancer from spreading
  • His snoring kept me from falling asleep
  • Keep the child from eating the marbles

Synonyms for keep in the sense of this definition

(... is a kind of keep ) be on the defensive; act against an attack

(... is a kind of keep ) be a hindrance or obstacle to

"She is impeding the progress of our project"

(... is a kind of keep ) keep the opposing (baseball) team from winning

(... is a kind of keep ) prevent (someone or something) from doing something

"security guards restrained the reporter from throwing another shoe"

(... is a kind of keep ) prevent from coming close

"I tried to keep the child away from the pool"

(... is a kind of keep ) keep from departing

"Hold the taxi" "Hold the horse"

(... is a kind of keep ) prevent (information) from being circulated or disclosed

(... is a kind of keep ) prevent from entering; shut out

"The trees were shutting out all sunlight" "This policy excludes people who have a criminal record from entering the country"

(... is a kind of keep ) prevent or interrupt due to rain

"The storm had washed out the game"

(keep has a similar meaning as ...) hold and prevent from leaving

"The student was kept after school"

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

  • 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

Synonyms for keep in the sense of this definition

(keep is a kind of ...) lengthen or extend in duration or space

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

(keep has a similar meaning as ...) do something repeatedly and showing no intention to stop

"We continued our research into the cause of the illness" "The landlord persists in asking us to move"

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

  • keep appointments
  • she never keeps her promises
  • We kept to the original conditions of the contract

Synonyms for keep in the sense of this definition

(... is a kind of keep ) act as promised

"make good on promises"

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

  • Keep the commandments
  • celebrate Christmas
  • Observe Yom Kippur

Synonyms for keep in the sense of this definition

(... is a kind of keep ) celebrate by some ceremony or observation

"The citizens mark the anniversary of the revolution with a march and a parade"

(... is a kind of keep ) observe the customs of mourning after the death of a loved one

(... is a kind of keep ) observe or perform with dignity or gravity

"The King solemnized this day of morning"

Definition 20: cause to continue in a certain state, position, or activity; e.g., `keep clean' - [verb of stative]

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

  • hold in place
  • She always held herself as a lady
  • The students keep me on my toes

Synonyms for keep in the sense of this definition

(... is a kind of keep ) maintain a certain pressure

"the airplane cabin is pressurized" "pressurize a space suit"

(... is a kind of keep ) 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 ) keep in a position or state from an earlier period of time

(... is a kind of keep ) keep constant through physical or chemical reactions or evolutionary change

"Energy is conserved in this process"

(... is a kind of keep ) keep undisturbed for personal or private use for hunting, shooting, or fishing

"preserve the forest and the lakes"

(... is a kind of keep ) keep at a distance

"we have to distance ourselves from these events in order to continue living"

(... is a kind of keep ) maintain a household; take care of all business related to a household

Definition 21: supply with room and board - [verb of stative]

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

  • He is keeping three women in the guest cottage
  • keep boarders

(keep is a kind of ...) provide housing for

"We are lodging three foreign students this semester"

Definition 22: maintain in safety from injury, harm, or danger - [verb of stative]

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

  • May God keep you

Synonyms for keep in the sense of this definition

(keep is a kind of ...) shield from danger, injury, destruction, or damage

"Weatherbeater protects your roof from the rain"

(keep has a similar meaning as ...) look after; be the keeper of; have charge of

"He keeps the shop when I am gone"

Definition 23: fail to spoil or rot - [verb of stative]

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

  • These potatoes keep for a long time

Synonyms for keep in the sense of this definition

(keep is a kind of ...) stay the same; remain in a certain state

"The dress remained wet after repeated attempts to dry it" "rest assured" "stay alone" "He remained unmoved by her tears" "The bad weather continued for another week"

(keep has a similar meaning as ...) prevent (food) from rotting

"preserved meats" "keep potatoes fresh"

Definition 24: continue a certain state, condition, or activity - [verb of stative]

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

  • Keep on working!
  • We continued to work into the night
  • Keep smiling
  • We went on working until well past midnight

Synonyms for keep in the sense of this definition

(keep is a kind of ...) perform an action, or work out or perform (an action)

"think before you act" "We must move quickly" "The governor should act on the new energy bill" "The nanny acted quickly by grabbing the toddler and covering him with a wet towel"

(... is a kind of keep ) remain in a certain state, position, or condition

"The weather held" "They held on the road and kept marching"

(... is a kind of keep ) continue uninterrupted

"The disease will run on unchecked" "The party kept going until 4 A.M."

(... is a kind of keep ) continue undisturbed and without interference

"Let it ride"

(keep has a similar meaning as ...) 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"

(keep has a similar meaning as ...) continue after an interruption

"The demonstration continued after a break for lunch"

Definition 25: raise - [verb of stative]

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

  • She keeps a few chickens in the yard
  • he keeps bees

(keep is a kind of ...) cultivate by growing, often involving improvements by means of agricultural techniques

"The Bordeaux region produces great red wines" "They produce good ham in Parma" "We grow wheat here" "We raise hogs here"

(... is a kind of keep ) keep, move, or drive animals

"Who will be herding the cattle when the cowboy dies?"

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