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. Keep in safety and protect from harm, decay, loss, or destruction (synset 202284977)
    "We preserve these archeological findings"; "The old lady could not keep up the building"; "children must be taught to conserve our national heritage"; "The museum curator conserved the ancient manuscripts"
  3. 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"
  4. State categorically (synset 201018787)
  5. Have and exercise (synset 202209346)
    "wield power and authority"
  6. Maintain for use and service (synset 202207950)
    "I keep a car in the countryside"; "She keeps an apartment in Paris for her shopping trips"
  7. Maintain by writing regular records (synset 201067899)
    "keep a diary"; "maintain a record"; "keep notes"
  8. State or assert (synset 201019652)
    "He maintained his innocence"
  9. Support against an opponent (synset 200898147)
    "The appellate court upheld the verdict"
  10. Stick to correctly or closely (synset 200734575)
    "The pianist kept time with the metronome"; "keep count"; "I cannot keep track of all my employees"

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