A bank is one place you could keep your money.
- An example of to keep is for a person to place all of her money in a savings account.
- An example of to keep is to continue searching until you find a job.
transitive verbkept, keep′ing
- to observe or pay regard to; specif.,
- to observe with due or prescribed acts, ceremonies, etc.; celebrate or solemnize: to keep the Sabbath
- to fulfill (a promise, etc.)
- to follow or adhere to (a routine, diet, etc.)
- to go on maintaining: to keep pace
- Archaic to attend (church, etc.) regularly
- to take care of, or have and take care or charge of; specif.,
- to protect; guard; defend
- to look after; watch over; tend
- to raise (livestock)
- to maintain in good order or condition; preserve
- to supply with food, shelter, etc.; provide for; support
- to supply with food or lodging for pay: to keep boarders
- to have or maintain in one's service or for one's use: to keep servants
- to set down regularly in writing; maintain (a continuous written record): to keep an account of sales
- to make regular entries in; maintain a continuous record of transactions, accounts, or happenings in: to keep books of account, to keep a diary
- to carry on; conduct; manage
- to maintain, or cause to stay or continue, in a specified condition, position, etc.: to keep an engine running
- to have or hold; specif.,
- to have or hold for future use or for a long time
- to have regularly in stock for sale
- to have or hold and not let go; specif.,
- to hold in custody; prevent from escaping
- to prevent from leaving; detain
- to hold back; restrain: to keep someone from talking
- to withhold
- to conceal; not tell (a secret, etc.)
- to continue to have or hold; not lose or give up
- to stay in or at; not leave (a path, course, or place)
Origin of keepMiddle English kepen from Old English cœpan, to behold, watch out for, lay hold of, akin to Middle Low German kapen, Old Norse kopa, to stare at from uncertain or unknown; perhaps Indo-European base an unverified form ?ab-, to look at or for
- to stay or continue in a specified condition, position, etc.
- to continue; go on; persevere or persist: often with on: to keep on talking
- to hold oneself back; refrain: to keep from telling someone
- to stay in good condition; not become spoiled, sour, stale, etc.; last
- to require no immediate attention: a task that will keep until tomorrow
- Informal to continue in session: will school keep all day?
- Now Rare to reside; live; stay
- Obs. care, charge, or custody
- the strongest, innermost part or central tower of a medieval castle; donjon
- a stronghold; fort; castle
- Rare a keeping or being kept
- what is needed to maintain a person or animal; food and shelter; support; livelihood
- with the agreement that the winner will keep what he or she wins
- forever; permanently
keep in with
- to persevere in
- to avoid swerving from; adhere to
- to remain in
keep to oneself
- to avoid the company of others
- to treat (information, etc.) as confidential; not tell
- to maintain in good order or condition
- to continue; not stop or end
- to maintain the pace; not lag behind
- to remain informed about: with on or with
keep up with
keep up with the Joneses
verbkept, keep·ing, keeps
- To retain possession of: kept the change; must keep your composure.
- To have as a supply: keep spare parts in case of emergency.
- a. To provide (a family, for example) with maintenance and support: “There's little to earn and many to keep” ( Charles Kingsley )b. To support (a mistress or lover) financially.
- To put customarily; store: Where do you keep your saw?
- a. To supply with room and board for a charge: keep boarders.b. To raise: keep chickens.
- To maintain for use or service: an urbanite who didn't keep a car.
- To manage, tend, or have charge of: Keep the shop while I'm away.
- To preserve (food).
- To cause to continue in a state, condition, or course of action: tried to keep the patient calm.
- a. To maintain records or entries in: keep a yearly diary.b. To enter (data) in a book: keep financial records.
- a. To detain: was kept after school.b. To restrain: kept the child away from the stove; kept the crowd back with barriers.c. To prevent or deter: tried to keep the ice from melting.d. To refrain from divulging: keep a secret.e. To save; reserve: keep extra money for emergencies.
- To adhere or conform to; follow: keep late hours.
- To be faithful to; fulfill: keep one's word.
- To celebrate; observe: keep the Sabbath.
- To remain in a state or condition; stay: keep in line; keep quiet; kept well.
- To continue to do: keep on talking; keep guessing.
- To remain fresh or unspoiled: The dessert won't keep.
- To restrain oneself; hold oneself back: I couldn't keep from eavesdropping.
- Care; charge: The child is in my keep for the day.
- The means by which one is supported: earn one's keep.
- a. The stronghold of a castle.b. A jail.
Origin of keepMiddle English kepen from Old English cēpan to observe, seize
(third-person singular simple present keeps, present participle keeping, simple past and past participle kept)
- To continue in (a course or mode of action); not to intermit or fall from; to maintain.
- to keep silence; to keep one's word; to keep possession
- To hold the status of something.
- To maintain possession of.
- I keep a small stock of painkillers for emergencies.
- To maintain the condition of.
- I keep my specimens under glass to protect them.
- The abundance of squirrels kept the dogs running for hours.
- To record transactions, accounts, or events in.
- I used to keep a diary.
- To enter (accounts, records, etc.) in a book.
- (archaic) To remain in, to be confined to.
- To restrain.
- I keep my brother out of trouble by keeping him away from his friends and hard at work.
- (with from) To protect, guard.
- May the Lord keep you from harm.
- To supply with necessities and financially support a person.
- He kept a mistress for over ten years.
- (of living things) To raise; to care for.
- He has been keeping orchids since retiring.
- To maintain (an establishment or institution); to conduct; to manage.
- To have habitually in stock for sale.
- To maintain possession of.
- To continue.
- I keep taking the tablets, but to no avail.
- To remain edible or otherwise usable.
- Potatoes can keep if they are in a root cellar.
- Latex paint won't keep indefinitely.
- (copulative) To remain in a state.
- The rabbit avoided detection by keeping still.
- Keep calm! There's no need to panic.
- Godfrey Evans kept for England for many years.
- to keep one's house, room, bed, etc.
- for keeps
- (historical) The main tower of a castle or fortress, located within the castle walls. (According to keep, the word comes "from the Middle English term kype, meaning basket or cask, and was a term applied to the shell keep at Guînes, said to resemble a barrel".)
- The food or money required to keep someone alive and healthy; one's support, maintenance.
- He works as a cobbler's apprentice for his keep.
From Middle English kepen (“to keep, guard, look after, watch”), from Old English cēpan (“to seize, hold, observe”), from Proto-Germanic *kōpijaną (compare West Frisian kypje ‘to look’), variant of *kapōną (compare Old English capian ‘to look’, Dutch kapen ‘to seize, snatch’, German gaffen ‘to gape’, Danish kope (“to gawk, stare”)), from Proto-Indo-European *ǵab-, *ǵāb- (“to look after”) (compare Lithuanian žẽbti ‘to eat reluctantly’, Russian забота (zabota) ‘care, worry’).