Keep Definition

Define what is Keep?

1. bread and butter, keep, livelihood, sustenance, living, support (noun)

the financial means whereby one lives.

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

resource noun
available source of wealth; a new or reserve supply that can be drawn upon when needed.


amenities, comforts, conveniences, creature comforts noun
things that make you comfortable and at ease.

maintenance noun
means of maintenance of a family or group.

meal ticket noun
a source of income or livelihood.

subsistence noun
minimal (or marginal) resources for subsisting.

2. hold, keep, maintain (verb)

keep in a certain state, position, or activity; e.g.,.

  • keep clean.
  • hold in place.
  • She always held herself as a lady.
  • The students keep me on my toes.
Synonyms: hold, maintain

pressurise, pressurize verb
maintain a certain pressure.

preserve, uphold, carry on, continue, bear on verb
keep or maintain in unaltered condition; cause to remain or last.

hold over verb
keep in a position or state from an earlier period of time.

conserve verb
keep constant through physical or chemical reactions or evolutionary change.

preserve verb
keep undisturbed for personal or private use for hunting, shooting, or fishing.

distance verb
keep at a distance.

housekeep verb
maintain a household; take care of all business related to a household.

3. donjon, dungeon, keep (noun)

the main tower within the walls of a medieval castle or fortress.

    Synonyms: donjon, dungeon

    stronghold, fastness noun
    a strongly fortified defensive structure.

    4. continue, go on, go along, keep, proceed (verb)

    continue a certain state, condition, or activity.

    • Keep on working!.
    • We continued to work into the night.
    • Keep smiling.
    • We went on working until well past midnight.
    Antonyms: discontinue (verb)

    come to or be at an end.


    act, move verb
    perform an action, or work out or perform (an action).


    hold verb
    remain in a certain state, position, or condition.

    keep going, run on verb
    continue uninterrupted.

    ride verb
    continue undisturbed and without interference.

    5. keep, hold (noun)

    a cell in a jail or prison.

      Synonyms: hold

      jail cell, prison cell, cell noun
      a room where a prisoner is kept.

      6. keep, hold on (verb)

      retain possession of.

      • Can I keep my old stuffed animals?.
      • She kept her maiden name after she married.
      Synonyms: hold on
      Antonyms: lose (verb)

      fail to keep or to maintain; cease to have, either physically or in an abstract sense.


      have, have got, hold verb
      have or possess, either in a concrete or an abstract sense.


      hold over, carry over verb
      hold over goods to be sold for the next season.

      deny, refuse verb
      refuse to let have.

      deduct, withhold, recoup verb
      retain and refrain from disbursing; of payments.

      save, preserve verb
      to keep up and reserve for personal or special use.

      hive away, lay in, salt away, stack away, stash away, store, put in verb
      keep or lay aside for future use.

      store verb
      find a place for and put away for storage.

      keep back, retain, hold back, hold verb
      secure and keep for possible future use or application.

      harbour, harbor verb
      keep in one's possession; of animals.

      7. prevent, keep (verb)

      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.
      Synonyms: prevent
      Antonyms: allow, LET, permit (verb)

      make it possible through a specific action or lack of action for something to happen.


      defend verb
      be on the defensive; act against an attack.

      keep out, shut out, exclude, shut verb
      prevent from entering; shut out.

      hold verb
      keep from departing.

      keep away verb
      prevent from coming close.

      blank verb
      keep the opposing (baseball) team from winning.

      hinder, impede verb
      be a hindrance or obstacle to.

      rain out, wash out verb
      prevent or interrupt due to rain.

      8. keep, observe (verb)

      conform one's action or practice to.

      • keep appointments.
      • she never keeps her promises.
      • We kept to the original conditions of the contract.
      Synonyms: observe
      Antonyms: breach, infract, transgress, go against, offend, violate, break (verb)

      act in disregard of laws, rules, contracts, or promises.


      make good verb
      act as promised.

      9. keep, observe, maintain (verb)

      stick to correctly or closely.

      • The pianist kept time with the metronome.
      • keep count.
      • I cannot keep track of all my employees.
      Synonyms: observe, maintain

      10. keep (verb)

      look after; be the keeper of; have charge of.

      • He keeps the shop when I am gone.

      have, have got, hold verb
      have or possess, either in a concrete or an abstract sense.


      conserve, maintain, preserve, keep up verb
      keep in safety and protect from harm, decay, loss, or destruction.

      11. maintain, keep (verb)

      maintain by writing regular records.

      • keep a diary.
      • maintain a record.
      • keep notes.
      Synonyms: maintain

      record, enter, put down verb
      make a record of; set down in permanent form.

      12. keep (verb)

      supply with room and board.

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

      Lodge, accommodate verb
      provide housing for.

      13. keep on, retain, continue, keep (verb)

      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.
      Synonyms: keep on, retain, continue

      sustain, keep up, prolong verb
      lengthen or extend in duration or space.

      14. maintain, sustain, keep (verb)

      supply with necessities and support.

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

      have, have got, hold verb
      have or possess, either in a concrete or an abstract sense.


      patronage verb
      support by being a patron of.

      reseed verb
      maintain by seeding without human intervention.

      carry verb
      keep up with financial support.

      15. stay fresh, keep (verb)

      fail to spoil or rot.

      • These potatoes keep for a long time.
      Synonyms: stay fresh

      remain, stay, rest verb
      stay the same; remain in a certain state.

      16. celebrate, observe, keep (verb)

      behave as expected during of holidays or rites.

      • Keep the commandments.
      • celebrate Christmas.
      • Observe Yom Kippur.
      Synonyms: celebrate, observe

      commemorate, Mark verb
      mark by some ceremony or observation.

      mourn verb
      observe the customs of mourning after the death of a loved one.

      solemnise, solemnize verb
      observe or perform with dignity or gravity.

      17. keep back, restrain, hold back, keep (verb)

      keep under control; keep in check.

      • suppress a smile.
      • Keep your temper.
      • keep your cool.

      bottle up, suppress, inhibit verb
      control and refrain from showing; of emotions, desires, impulses, or behavior.


      hold verb
      keep from exhaling or expelling.

      confine verb
      prevent from leaving or from being removed.

      bottle up, suppress, inhibit verb
      control and refrain from showing; of emotions, desires, impulses, or behavior.

      Curb, control, hold in, contain, moderate, check, hold verb
      lessen the intensity of; temper; hold in restraint; hold or keep within limits.

      18. preserve, keep (verb)

      maintain in safety from injury, harm, or danger.

      • May God keep you.
      Synonyms: preserve

      protect verb
      shield from danger, injury, destruction, or damage.

      19. keep (verb)


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

      farm, produce, raise, grow verb
      cultivate by growing, often involving improvements by means of agricultural techniques.


      herd verb
      keep, move, or drive animals.

      20. hold open, keep open, save, keep (verb)

      retain rights to.

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

      Book, reserve, hold verb
      arrange for and reserve (something for someone else) in advance.

      21. keep (verb)

      store or keep customarily.

      • Where do you keep your gardening tools?.

      store verb
      find a place for and put away for storage.

      22. keep (verb)

      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.

      have, have got, hold verb
      have or possess, either in a concrete or an abstract sense.

      23. maintain, keep (verb)

      maintain for use and service.

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

      have, have got, hold verb
      have or possess, either in a concrete or an abstract sense.

      24. keep (verb)

      hold and prevent from leaving.

      • The student was kept after school.

      detain, confine verb
      deprive of freedom; take into confinement.

      25. preserve, keep (verb)

      prevent (food) from rotting.

      • preserved meats.
      • keep potatoes fresh.
      Synonyms: preserve

      ready, Cook, prepare, fix, make verb
      prepare for eating by applying heat.


      freeze-dry verb
      preserve by rapid freezing and subsequently drying in a vacuum.

      conserve verb
      preserve with sugar.

      dehydrate, desiccate verb
      preserve by removing all water and liquids from.

      pickle verb
      preserve in a pickling liquid.

      SALT verb
      preserve with salt.

      can, tin, put up verb
      preserve in a can or tin.

      refrigerate verb
      preserve by chilling.

      cure verb
      prepare by drying, salting, or chemical processing in order to preserve.

      corn verb
      preserve with salt.

      Nearby Terms

      keep abreast (verb)
      keep informed

      keep an eye on (verb)
      follow with the eyes or the mind

      keep apart (verb)
      set apart from others

      keep away (verb)
      prevent from coming close

      keep back (verb)
      keep under control; keep in check

      keep company (verb)
      be a companion to somebody

      keep down (verb)
      place a limit on the number of

      keep going (verb)
      continue uninterrupted

      keep guard (verb)
      watch over so as to protect

      keep in (verb)
      cause to stay indoors

      keep in line (verb)
      control (others or oneself) or influence skillfully, usually to one's advantage

      keep mum (verb)
      refuse to talk or stop talking; fall silent

      keep note (verb)
      maintain in the forefront of one's awareness

      keep off (verb)
      refrain from certain foods or beverages

      keep on (verb)
      allow to remain in a place or position or maintain a property or feature