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Keep

Keep appears in the following tongue twister:

  • If coloured caterpillars could change their colours constantly could they keep their coloured coat coloured properly?

Keep appears in the following pangram (a sentence using every letter of the alphabet at least once):

  • Just keep examining every low bid quoted for zinc etchings. (Used in many type specimen books for letterpress printers; 49 letters)
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Keep appears in the following palindromes (phrases that read the same backward as forward):

  • Peek in at rats as tartan I keep.
  • "Keep it sacred!" I was told lots, "a wider cast I peek."
  • No peek at a deer fed amid a wadi made free data keep on.
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Usage statistics for the verb keep:

spoken English57.54%written English42.46%
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Keep is sometimes a misspelling of keeps.

The word keep is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun keep

What does keep mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: keeps

  1. the financial means whereby one lives
  2. the main tower within the walls of a medieval castle or fortress
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • synonyms of keep: donjon / dungeon
    • more generic words: fastness / stronghold = a strongly fortified defensive structure
    • instance: Black Hole of Calcutta = a dungeon (20 feet square) in a fort in Calcutta where as many as 146 English prisoners were held overnight by Siraj-ud-daula
    • part of: castle = a large building formerly occupied by a ruler and fortified against attack
  3. a cell in a jail or prison

Alternative definition of the noun keep

noun

  1. [obsolete] Care, notice
  2. [historical] The main tower of a castle or fortress, located within the castle walls.
  3. The food or money required to keep someone alive and healthy; one's support, maintenance.

Definition of the verb keep

What does keep mean as a doing word?

Keep is one of the top 50 most common verbs in the English language.View more statistics!

verb - inflections:

simple pastpast participlepresent participlethird-person singular
keptkeptkeepingkeeps

  1. cause to continue in a certain state, position, or activity; e.g., `keep clean'
    • example: The students keep me on my toes
    • lexical domain: Stative - verbs of being, having, spatial relations
    • synonyms of keep: hold / maintain
    • more specific terms:
  2. continue a certain state, condition, or activity
    • examples: Keep on working! | Keep smiling | They keep moving
    • lexical domain: Stative - verbs of being, having, spatial relations
    • synonyms of keep: continue / go along / go on / proceed
    • more generic words: act / move = perform an action, or work out or perform
    • more specific terms:
      • hold = remain in a certain state, position, or condition
      • keep going / run on = continue uninterrupted
      • ride = continue undisturbed and without interference
  3. retain possession of
  4. stop (someone or something) from doing something or being in a certain state
    • examples: Keep the child from eating the marbles | They keep him from writing the letter
    • lexical domain: Activities - verbs of political and social activities and events
    • synonym of keep: prevent
    • more specific terms:
  5. conform one's action or practice to
    • examples: keep appointments | she never keeps her promises
    • lexical domain: Activities - verbs of political and social activities and events
    • synonym of keep: observe
    • antonym of keep: break
    • more specific term: make good = act as promised
  6. stick to correctly or closely
    • examples: keep count | I cannot keep track of all my employees
    • lexical domain: Cognition - verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting
    • synonyms of keep: maintain / observe
  7. look after; be the keeper of; have charge of
    • example: He keeps the shop when I am gone
    • lexical domain: Possession - verbs of buying, selling, owning
    • more generic terms: have / have got / hold = have or possess, either in a concrete or an abstract sense
    • more specific terms: conserve / maintain / preserve / keep up = keep in safety and protect from harm, decay, loss, or destruction
  8. maintain by writing regular records
  9. supply with room and board
    • examples: He is keeping three women in the guest cottage | keep boarders | Sam cannot keep Sue
    • lexical domain: Stative - verbs of being, having, spatial relations
    • more generic words: accommodate / lodge = provide housing for
  10. allow to remain in a place or position or maintain a property or feature
    • examples: The family's fortune waned and they could not keep their household staff | Our grant has run out and we cannot keep you on
    • lexical domain: Activities - verbs of political and social activities and events
    • synonyms of keep: continue / keep on / retain
    • more generic terms: keep up / prolong / sustain = lengthen or extend in duration or space
  11. supply with necessities and support
    • example: There's little to earn and many to keep
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme]They maintained a strong government
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme] through [Instrument, arbitrary control with -ing]They maintained a strong government through ruthlessly crushing opponents
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme] through [Instrument, not sentential clause]I maintained a strong government through ruthless domination

      Aspectual Verbs (with the same syntax): carry on, continue, keep up, maintain, prolong, protract, sustain.

    • lexical domain: Consumption - verbs of eating and drinking
    • synonyms of keep: maintain / sustain
    • more generic terms: have / have got / hold = have or possess, either in a concrete or an abstract sense
    • more specific words:
      • patronage = support by being a patron of
      • reseed = maintain by seeding without human intervention
      • carry = keep up with financial support
  12. fail to spoil or rot
    • examples: These potatoes keep for a long time | This food does keep well
    • lexical domain: Stative - verbs of being, having, spatial relations
    • synonym of keep: stay fresh
    • more generic words: remain / rest / stay = stay the same
  13. behave as expected during of holidays or rites
    • example: Keep the commandments
    • lexical domain: Activities - verbs of political and social activities and events
    • synonyms of keep: celebrate / observe
    • more specific words:
      • commemorate / mark = celebrate by some ceremony or observation
      • mourn = observe the customs of mourning after the death of a loved one
      • solemnise / solemnize = observe or perform with dignity or gravity
  14. maintain in safety from injury, harm, or danger
    • example: May God keep you
    • lexical domain: Stative - verbs of being, having, spatial relations
    • synonym of keep: preserve
    • more generic word: protect = shield from danger, injury, destruction, or damage
  15. raise
    • examples: She keeps a few chickens in the yard | he keeps bees
    • lexical domain: Stative - verbs of being, having, spatial relations
    • more generic words: farm / grow / produce / raise = cultivate by growing, often involving improvements by means of agricultural techniques
    • more specific word: herd = keep, move, or drive animals
  16. retain rights to
    • examples: keep my job for me while I give birth | keep my seat, please | keep open the possibility of a merger
    • lexical domain: Possession - verbs of buying, selling, owning
    • synonyms of keep: hold open / keep open / save
    • more generic words: book / hold / reserve = arrange for and reserve (something for someone else) in advance
  17. store or keep customarily
    • example: Where do you keep your gardening tools?
    • lexical domain: Possession - verbs of buying, selling, owning
    • more generic word: store = find a place for and put away for storage
  18. have as a supply
    • examples: 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
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme]Many small investors in Belgium store securities
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme] [Locative Preposition] [Location]Michelle kept the papers in the desk

      Keep Verbs (with the same syntax): hoard, leave, stock, store.

    • lexical domain: Possession - verbs of buying, selling, owning
    • more generic terms: have / have got / hold = have or possess, either in a concrete or an abstract sense
  19. maintain for use and service
    • examples: I keep a car in the countryside | She keeps an apartment in Paris for her shopping trips
    • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 18
    • lexical domain: Possession - verbs of buying, selling, owning
    • synonym of keep: maintain
    • more generic terms: have / have got / hold = have or possess, either in a concrete or an abstract sense
  20. hold and prevent from leaving
    • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 18
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • more generic words: confine / detain = deprive of freedom
  21. prevent the action or expression of
  22. prevent (food) from rotting
    • example: keep potatoes fresh
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • synonym of keep: preserve
    • more generic words: cook / fix / make / prepare / ready = prepare for eating by applying heat
    • more specific terms:
      • freeze-dry = preserve by rapid freezing and subsequently drying in a vacuum
      • conserve = preserve with sugar
      • dehydrate / desiccate = preserve by removing all water and liquids from
      • pickle = preserve in a pickling liquid
      • salt = preserve with salt
      • put up / can / tin = preserve in a can or tin
      • refrigerate = preserve by chilling
      • cure = prepare by drying, salting, or chemical processing in order to preserve
      • corn = preserve with salt

Alternative definition of the verb keep

verb

  1. [transitive] to maintain possession of
  2. [transitive] to maintain the condition of
  3. [transitive, archaic] To remain in, to be confined to
  4. [obsolete] to wait for, keep watch for
  5. [transitive] to restrain
  6. [transitive] to protect, guard (someone from something)
  7. [intransitive] to continue
  8. [intransitive] to remain edible or otherwise usable
  9. [intransitive, copulative] to remain in a state
  10. [intransitive, cricket] to act as wicket-keeper
  11. [transitive, of livestock] to raise; to care for
  12. [transitive] to supply with necessities and financially support a person

Film

"Keep" a.k.a. "The Keep" is a 1983 horror film directed by Michael Mann and starring Scott Glenn, Gabriel Byrne, Jürgen Prochnow, Alberta Watson and Ian McKellen. It was released by Paramount Pictures. The story is based on the F. Paul Wilson novel of the same name, published in 1981.

Music

"Keep" is a composition.

Business

KEEP is a record label.

Miscellanea

  1. Keep: A keep is a type of fortified tower built within castles during the Middle Ages by European nobility. Scholars have debated the scope of the word keep, but usually consider it to refer to large towers in castles that were fortified residences, used as a refuge of last resort should the rest of the castle fall to an adversary. The first keeps were made of timber and formed a key part of the motte and bailey castles that emerged in Normandy and Anjou during the 10th century; the design spread to England as a result of the Norman invasion of 1066, and in turn spread into Wales during the second half of the 11th century and into Ireland in the 1170s. The Anglo-Normans and French rulers began to build stone keeps during the 10th and 11th centuries; these included Norman keeps, with a square or rectangular design, and circular shell keeps. Stone keeps carried considerable political as well as military importance and could take up to a decade to build.
    • also known as 城堡主樓
  2. KEEP is a commercially supported FM radio station serving the general area of Fredericksburg, Texas, due west from Austin and due north of San Antonio. KEEP is owned by J & J Fritz Media and is broadcast from Johnson City, Texas. It was one of four member stations of the Texas Rebel Radio Network which supplies Texas music programming. This programming is available as streaming audio via the KEEP/Texas Rebel Radio website.

Phrases with Keep

Phrases starting with the word Keep:

  1. Keep at
  2. keep in
  3. keep on
  4. keep up
  5. Keep Fit
  6. keep mum
  7. keep off
  8. keep out
  9. keep away
  10. keep back
  11. Keep Bees
  12. keep down
  13. keep from
  14. keep note
  15. keep open
  16. keep pace
  17. keep step
  18. Keep with

Phrases ending with the word Keep:

  1. to keep
  2. Book-Keep

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Printed books with definitions for Keep

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Google previewAchieving Permanence for Older Children and Youth in Foster Care (2009)

by Benjamin Kerman, Madelyn Freundlich, Anthony Maluccio

Project KEEP is an intervention program that serves children in foster care ages five to twelve years who are in a new foster care...

The evaluation of Project KEEP is the first randomized trial of an mtFC derivative in a child welfare setting.

Google previewWarning! Socialism Is Poison to Liberty (2010)

by Charles E. Miller

KEEP means not to stow the arm, the gun, in a distant armory, not to loan it without conditions, not to give or to barter the firearm away or to hand over to a government bureaucrat. “Keep” means just what the word means, to hold onto, to secret, ...

Google previewThe antiquarian and topographical cabinet (1818)

containing a series of elegant views of the most interesting objects of curiosity in Great Britain ... by James Andrew Storer, John Greig (engraver)

The keep is a noble round tower strengthened by six large square buttresses running from the bottom to the top, at equal distances; eighteen feet from the ground, both the tower and buttresses expand, sloping gradually to the width of four feet ...

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Usage statistics about keep

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

Usage statistics for the verb keep:

spoken English57.54%written English42.46% conversational speech57.58%task-oriented speech42.42% imaginative writing65.55%informational writing34.45%

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun keep:

dungeonkeeplivelihoodholdlivingsupport

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb keep:

restrainsustaincelebratepreserveproceedretainobservepreventsavemaintaincontinueholdkeep

Comparison of usage frequency between the verb keep and its most common antonyms:

losekeep breakkeep

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Quotes about Keep

Youth is not a time of life, it is a state of mind. You are as old as your doubt, your fear, your despair. The way to keep young is to keep your faith young. Keep your self confidence young. Keep your hope young. (Luella F. Phean)
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Scrabble value of K5E1E1P3

The value of this 4-letter word is 10 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

Anagrams of KEEP

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