(noun, verb)


1. the financial means whereby one lives

- each child was expected to pay for their keep

Similar word(s): livelihood, living, support, sustenance

Definition categories: possession, resource

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

Similar word(s): donjon, dungeon

Definition categories: man–made, fastness, stronghold

3. a cell in a jail or prison

Similar word(s): hold

Definition categories: man–made, cell

Sentences with keep as a noun:

- He works as a cobbler's apprentice for his keep.

- to be in good keep


1. cause to continue in a certain state, position, or activity; e.g., `keep clean'

- The students keep me on my toes

Similar word(s): hold, maintain

Definition categories: stative

2. continue a certain state, condition, or activity

- Keep on working!

- Keep smiling

Similar word(s): continue, proceed

Definition categories: stative, act, move

3. retain possession of

- Can I keep my old stuffed animals?

Definition categories: possession, have, hold

4. stop (someone or something) from doing something or being in a certain state

- Keep the child from eating the marbles

Similar word(s): prevent

Definition categories: social

5. conform one's action or practice to

- keep appointments

- she never keeps her promises

Similar word(s): observe

Definition categories: social

6. stick to correctly or closely

- keep count

- I cannot keep track of all my employees

Similar word(s): maintain, observe

Definition categories: cognition

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

- He keeps the shop when I am gone

Definition categories: possession, have, hold

8. maintain by writing regular records

- keep a diary

- keep notes

Similar word(s): maintain

Definition categories: communication, enter, record

9. supply with room and board

- He is keeping three women in the guest cottage

- keep boarders

Definition categories: stative, accommodate, lodge

10. allow to remain in a place or position or maintain a property or feature

- The family's fortune waned and they could not keep their household staff

- Our grant has run out and we cannot keep you on

Similar word(s): continue, retain

Definition categories: social, prolong, sustain

11. supply with necessities and support

- There's little to earn and many to keep

Similar word(s): maintain, sustain

Definition categories: consumption, have, hold

12. fail to spoil or rot

- These potatoes keep for a long time

Definition categories: stative, remain, rest, stay

13. behave as expected during of holidays or rites

- Keep the commandments

Similar word(s): celebrate, observe

Definition categories: social

14. maintain in safety from injury, harm, or danger

- May God keep you

Similar word(s): preserve

Definition categories: stative, protect

15. raise

- She keeps a few chickens in the yard

- he keeps bees

Definition categories: stative, farm, grow, produce, raise

16. retain rights to

- keep my job for me while I give birth

- keep my seat, please

- keep open the possibility of a merger

Similar word(s): save

Definition categories: possession, book, hold, reserve

17. store or keep customarily

- Where do you keep your gardening tools?

Definition categories: possession, store

18. 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

Definition categories: possession, have, hold

19. maintain for use and service

- I keep a car in the countryside

- She keeps an apartment in Paris for her shopping trips

Similar word(s): maintain

Definition categories: possession, have, hold

20. hold and prevent from leaving

Definition categories: contact, confine, detain

21. prevent the action or expression of

- keep your cool

Similar word(s): restrain

Definition categories: change

22. prevent (food) from rotting

- keep potatoes fresh

Similar word(s): preserve

Definition categories: change, cook, fix, make, prepare, ready

Sentences with keep as a verb:

- to keep silence;  to keep one's word;  to keep possession

- I keep a small stock of painkillers for emergencies.

- I keep my specimens under glass to protect them.

- I used to keep a diary.

- I keep my brother out of trouble by keeping him away from his friends and hard at work.

- May the Lord keep you from harm.

- He has been keeping orchids since retiring.

- I keep taking the tablets, but to no avail.

- Potatoes can keep if they are in a root cellar.

- Latex paint won't keep indefinitely.

- The rabbit avoided detection by keeping still.

- Keep calm! There's no need to panic.

- School keeps today.

- to keep one's house, room, bed, etc.