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  • a cell in a jail or prison
  • the main tower within the walls of a medieval castle or fortress
  • 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
  • prevent (food) from rotting
    • preserved meats
    • keep potatoes fresh
  • hold and prevent from leaving
    • The student was kept after school
  • maintain for use and service
    • I keep a car in the countryside
    • She keeps an apartment in Paris for her shopping trips
  • 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
  • store or keep customarily
    • Where do you keep your gardening tools?
  • retain rights to
    • keep my job for me while I give birth
    • keep my seat, please
    • keep open the possibility of a merger
  • raise
    • She keeps a few chickens in the yard
    • he keeps bees
  • maintain in safety from injury, harm, or danger
    • May God keep you
  • keep under control; keep in check
    • suppress a smile
    • Keep your temper
    • keep your cool
  • behave as expected during of holidays or rites
    • Keep the commandments
    • celebrate Christmas
    • Observe Yom Kippur
  • fail to spoil or rot
    • These potatoes keep for a long time
  • 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
  • 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
  • supply with room and board
    • He is keeping three women in the guest cottage
    • keep boarders
  • maintain by writing regular records
    • keep a diary
    • maintain a record
    • keep notes
  • look after; be the keeper of; have charge of
    • He keeps the shop when I am gone
  • stick to correctly or closely
    • The pianist kept time with the metronome
    • keep count
    • I cannot keep track of all my employees
  • conform one's action or practice to
    • keep appointments
    • she never keeps her promises
    • We kept to the original conditions of the contract
  • 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
  • retain possession of
    • Can I keep my old stuffed animals?
    • She kept her maiden name after she married
  • 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
  • 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
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