If you try to keep from doing something, you try to stop yourself from doing it.
She bit her lip to keep from crying...
He had to lean on Dan to keep from falling.
If you keep something from someone, you do not tell them about it.
She knew that Gabriel was keeping something from her.
If you keep doing something, you do it repeatedly or continue to do it.
I keep forgetting it's December...
I turned back after a while, but he kept walking...
Keep is used with some nouns to indicate that someone does something for a period of time or continues to do it. For example, if you keep a grip on something, you continue to hold or control it.
Until last year, the regime kept a tight grip on the country...
One of them would keep a look-out on the road behind to warn us of approaching vehicles...
If you keep something, you continue to have it in your possession and do not throw it away, give it away, or sell it.
'I like this dress,' she said. 'Keep it. You can have it,' said Daphne...
Lathan had to choose between marrying her and keeping his job.
If you keep something in a particular place, you always have it or store it in that place so that you can use it whenever you need it.
She kept her money under the mattress...
She remembered where she kept the gun...
When you keep something such as a promise or an appointment, you do what you said you would do.
I'm hoping you'll keep your promise to come for a long visit...
He had again failed to keep his word.
If you keep a record of a series of events, you write down details of it so that they can be referred to later.
Eleanor began to keep a diary...
The volunteers kept a record of everything they ate for a week.
If you keep yourself or keep someone else, you support yourself or the other person by earning enough money to provide food, clothing, money, and other necessary things.
She could just about afford to keep her five kids...
I just cannot afford to keep myself...
Someone's keep is the cost of food and other things that they need in their daily life.
Ray will earn his keep on local farms while studying...
I need to give my parents money for my keep.
If you keep animals, you own them and take care of them.
I've brought you some eggs. We keep chickens...
This mad writer kept a lobster as a pet.
If you keep a business such as a small shop or hotel, you own it and manage it.
His father kept a village shop.
If someone or something keeps you, they delay you and make you late.
Sorry to keep you, Jack...
'What kept you?' — 'I went in the wrong direction.'
If food keeps for a certain length of time, it stays fresh and suitable to eat for that time.
Whatever is left over may be put into the refrigerator, where it will keep for 2-3 weeks.
You can say or ask how someone is keeping as a way of saying or asking whether they are well.
She hasn't been keeping too well lately...
How are you keeping these days?
A keep is the main tower of a medieval castle, in which people lived.
If you keep at it, you continue doing something that you have started, even if you are tired and would prefer to stop.
It may take a number of attempts, but it is worth keeping at it...
'Keep at it!' Thade encouraged me.
Something that is for keeps is permanent and will not change.
Ensure that whatever you gain now will be for keeps...
He advised them to leave town for keeps.
If you keep going, you continue moving along or doing something that you have started, even if you are tired and would prefer to stop.
She forced herself to keep going...
I was shouting: 'Keep going, keep going!'
If one thing is in keeping with another, it is suitable in relation to that thing. If one thing is out of keeping with another, it is not suitable in relation to that thing.
His office was in keeping with his station and experience...
In keeping with tradition, the Emperor and Empress did not attend the ceremony...
If you keep it up, you continue working or trying as hard as you have been in the past.
There are fears that he will not be able to keep it up when he gets to the particularly demanding third year...
You're doing a great job! Keep it up!
If you keep something to yourself, you do not tell anyone else about it.
I have to tell someone. I can't keep it to myself...
There's one thing you can do for me. But keep it to yourself.
If you keep yourself to yourself or keep to yourself, you stay on your own most of the time and do not mix socially with other people.
He was a quiet man who kept himself to himself...
Since she knows little Italian, she keeps to herself.
vt. & vi.
Please keep quiet.
The machine kept running.
I think we shall keep friends.
The fish won't keep long; we must eat it now.
保有, 保存, 保留
Why didn't Daddy let me keep the ten dollars?
Will you keep us the seats?
阻止, 防止, 耽擱
What kept you?
She kept her promise.
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"
2. the main tower within the walls of a medieval castle or fortress
3. a cell in a jail or prison
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"
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"
3. retain possession of;"Can I keep my old stuffed animals?""She kept her maiden name after she married"
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"
5. conform one's action or practice to;"keep appointments""she never keeps her promises""We kept to the original conditions of the contract"
6. observe correctly or closely;"The pianist kept time with the metronome""keep count""I cannot keep track of all my employees"
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"
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"
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"
12. fail to spoil or rot;"These potatoes keep for a long time"
13. celebrate, as of holidays or rites;"Keep the commandments""celebrate Christmas""Observe Yom Kippur"
14. keep under control; keep in check;"suppress a smile""Keep your temper""keep your cool"
15. maintain in safety from injury, harm, or danger;"May God keep you"
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"
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"
21. hold and prevent from leaving;"The student was kept after school"
22. prevent (food) from rotting;"preserved meats""keep potatoes fresh"