1. The financial means whereby one lives (synset 113386459)
    "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 (synset 103615311)
  3. A cell in a jail or prison (synset 103530432)
  1. Cause to continue in a certain state, position, or activity;
    E.g., `keep clean' (synset 202687605)
    "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 (synset 202690747)
    "Keep on working!"; "We continued to work into the night"; "Keep smiling"; "We went on working until well past midnight"
  3. Retain possession of (synset 202207166)
    "Can I keep my old stuffed animals?"; "She kept her maiden name after she married"
  4. Stop (someone or something) from doing something or being in a certain state (synset 202455370)
    "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 (synset 202584957)
    "keep appointments"; "she never keeps her promises"; "We kept to the original conditions of the contract"
  6. Stick to correctly or closely (synset 200734575)
    "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 (synset 202207710)
    "He keeps the shop when I am gone"
  8. Maintain by writing regular records (synset 201067899)
    "keep a diary"; "maintain a record"; "keep notes"
  9. Supply with room and board (synset 202657948)
    "He is keeping three women in the guest cottage"; "keep boarders"
  10. Allow to remain in a place or position or maintain a property or feature (synset 202415305)
    "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"
  11. Supply with necessities and support (synset 201187158)
    "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 (synset 202740675)
    "These potatoes keep for a long time"
  13. Behave as expected during of holidays or rites (synset 202584595)
    "Keep the commandments"; "celebrate Christmas"; "Observe Yom Kippur"
  14. Maintain in safety from injury, harm, or danger (synset 202738997)
    "May God keep you"
  15. Raise (synset 202658111)
    "She keeps a few chickens in the yard"; "he keeps bees"
  16. Retain rights to (synset 202288561)
    "keep my job for me while I give birth"; "keep my seat, please"; "keep open the possibility of a merger"
  17. Store or keep customarily (synset 202208876)
    "Where do you keep your gardening tools?"
  18. Have as a supply (synset 202208626)
    "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"
  19. Maintain for use and service (synset 202207950)
    "I keep a car in the countryside"; "She keeps an apartment in Paris for her shopping trips"
  20. Hold and prevent from leaving (synset 201304679)
    "The student was kept after school"
  21. Prevent the action or expression of (synset 200233707)
    "hold back your anger"; "keep your cool"; "she struggled to restrain her impatience at the delays"
  22. Prevent (food) from rotting (synset 200212840)
    "preserved meats"; "keep potatoes fresh"

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