1: 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" [syn: support, livelihood, living, bread and butter, sustenance]
2: the main tower within the walls of a medieval castle or fortress [syn: donjon, dungeon]
3: a cell in a jail or prison [syn: hold]
1: 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" [syn: maintain, hold]
2: 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" [syn: continue, go on, proceed, go along] [ant: discontinue]
3: retain possession of; "Can I keep my old stuffed animals?"; "She kept her maiden name after she married" [syn: hold on] [ant: lose]
4: prevent 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" [syn: prevent] [ant: let]
5: conform one's action or practice to; "keep appointments"; "she never keeps her promises"; "We kept to the original conditions of the contract" [syn: observe]
6: observe correctly or closely; "The pianist kept time with the metronome"; "keep count"; "I cannot keep track of all my employees" [syn: observe, maintain]
7: look after; be the keeper of; have charge of; "He keeps the shop when I am gone"
8: maintain by writing regular records; "keep a diary"; "maintain a record"; "keep notes" [syn: maintain]
9: supply with room and board; "He is keeping three women in the guest cottage"; "keep boarders"
10: allow to remain in a place or position; "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" [syn: retain, continue, keep on, keep going]
11: 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" [syn: sustain, maintain]
12: fail to spoil or rot; "These potatoes keep for a long time" [syn: stay fresh]
13: celebrate, as of holidays or rites; "Keep the commandments"; "celebrate Christmas"; "Observe Yom Kippur" [syn: observe, celebrate]
14: keep under control; keep in check; "suppress a smile"; "Keep your temper"; "keep your cool" [syn: restrain, suppress, keep back, hold back]
15: maintain in safety from injury, harm, or danger; "May God keep you" [syn: preserve]
16: raise; "She keeps a few chickens in the yard"; "he keeps bees"
17: retain rights to; "keep my job for me while I give birth"; "keep my seat, please"; "keep open the possibility of a merger" [syn: keep open, hold open, save]
18: store or keep customarily; "Where do you keep your gardening tools?"
19: 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"
20: maintain for use and service; "I keep a car in the countryside"; "She keeps an apartment in Paris for her shopping trips" [syn: maintain]
21: hold and prevent from leaving; "The student was kept after school"
22: prevent (food) from rotting; "preserved meats"; "keep potatoes fresh" [syn: preserve] [also: kept]
Adjacent words: keeled | keeled garlic | keelson | keen | keenly | keenness | keen-sighted | keep | keep abreast | keep an eye on | keep apart | keep away | keep back | keep company | keep down | keep going