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British pronunciation/kˈiːp/
American pronunciation/ˈkip/
to keep
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to have or continue to have something

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1.1

to have or store something in a specific place

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She keeps her keys in the drawer by the entrance.
He keeps a collection of rare coins in a secure vault.
Where do you keep the extra blankets?
Keep your laptop in a padded bag when traveling.
02

to stay or remain in a specific state, position, or condition

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to delay someone or cause them to be late

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I'll try not to keep you too long, considering your busy schedule.
The long meeting kept her from attending the event.
2.2

to make someone or something stay or remain in a specific state, position, or condition

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The tracking system keeps the satellite in orbit.
They keep the fridge stocked with fresh ingredients.
The teacher keeps the students engaged.
The firefighters worked tirelessly to keep the fire under control.
She keeps her room tidy.
2.3

(of food or any perishable commodity) to stay in good condition

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The leftovers will keep for a few days in the refrigerator.
Canned goods can keep for months or even years.
Apples can keep for a long time if stored in a cool, dry place.
2.4

to do something many times or continue doing something

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My workload keeps getting heavier.
The weather keeps getting colder
Keep practicing to improve your skills.
She keeps trying until she succeeds.
Why does he keep interrupting me?
03

to provide money, food, or other necessities for one or someone else to live

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3.1

to manage something one owns, particularly a business

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They keep a family-owned restaurant in the city.
He keeps a bakery in the downtown area.
She keeps a boutique selling handmade jewelry.
3.2

to guard, protect, or defend someone

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She kept her younger sibling from harm during the accident.
They kept their friend from harm during the dangerous situation.
He kept his friend from danger by pulling them away from the oncoming car.
May the angels watch over you and keep you.
3.3

to own and take care of animals

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He keeps chickens in his backyard for fresh eggs.
They keep a horse on their farm.
She keeps a small herd of sheep on her farm.
My grandmother kept a variety of animals on her farm, including chickens, cows, and horses.
The homeowners association prohibits residents from keeping any type of pet in the community.
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to remain faithful to a promise, commitment, or agreement

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to put something aside for someone so that one can give it to them when they ask for it

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to write something down, particularly for archival purposes

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Keep
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the central fortified tower or stronghold within a castle or fortification

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a cell in a jail or prison

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the financial means whereby one lives

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Remember to keep a copy of your important documents in a secure location.
Do you need this document back, or can I keep it for my records?
He found a lost wallet on the street and decided to keep it until he could find the owner.
She kept all his drawings as cherished mementos.
Make sure to keep a spare set of keys in case you get locked out.
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