Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary - 4th Edition
keep / kiːp / verb ( kept , kept ) (CONTINUE TO HAVE)
A2 [ T ] to have or continue to have in your possession:
Do you want this photograph back or can I keep it?
Keep medicines in a locked cupboard (= store them there) .
→ See also well kept (HIDDEN)
[ T ] to own and manage a small shop:
My uncle kept a little tobacconist's in Gloucester.
B2 [ T ] If you keep animals, you own and take care of them, but not in your home as pets:
to keep pigs/goats/chickens
[ T ] US to watch and care for someone's children while their parents are away:
Jody will keep the children while I shop.
keep your promise/word B2 to do what you have told someone that you would do:
I made a promise to you and I intend to keep it.
keep an appointment to go to a meeting or event that has been arranged:
She phoned to say she couldn't keep her appointment.
keep a diary, an account, a record, etc. B2 to make a regular record of events or other information so that you can refer to it later:
I've kept a diary for twelve years now.
Keep an account of how much you're spending.
keep a secret
B1 to not tell anyone a secret that you know
keep time (of a watch or clock) to show the correct time:
Does your watch keep good time?
to be the player who defends your team's goal by trying to prevent players from the other team scoring goals
keep / kiːp / verb [ L only + adj , T ] ( kept , kept ) (STAY)
A2 to (cause to) stay in a particular place or condition:
I wish you'd keep quiet.
I like to keep busy.
Keep left (= stay on the road to the left) at the traffic lights.
Can you keep the dog outside, please?
[ + obj + adj ] Close the door to keep the room warm.
The noise from their party kept me awake half the night.
keep / kiːp / verb [ I + -ing verb ] ( kept , kept ) ( also keep on ) (CONTINUE DOING)
B1 to continue doing something without stopping, or to do it repeatedly:
He keeps try ing to distract me.
I keep on think ing I've seen her before somewhere.
I kept hop ing that he'd phone me.
keep / kiːp / verb ( kept , kept ) (DELAY)
B1 [ T ] to delay someone or prevent them from doing something:
He's very late, what's keeping him?
[ + -ing verb ] I'm so sorry to keep you waiting .
She kept me talk ing on the phone for half an hour.
I hope I'm not keeping you up (= preventing you from going to bed) .
[ I ] If you say that news or information for someone can keep, you mean that you can tell it to them later:
"I must tell you something." "Can't it keep? I'm in a hurry!"
Whatever your news is, it will keep.
keep / kiːp / verb [ I ] ( kept , kept ) (STAY FRESH)
B2 (of food) to stay fresh and in good condition:
Milk keeps much longer in a fridge.
keep / kiːp / verb [ T ] ( kept , kept ) (PROVIDE)
C1 to provide yourself or another person with food, clothing, a home, and other things necessary for basic living:
He wanted a job that would allow him to keep his family in comfort.
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