Synonyms of keep in English:



  • 1 you should keep all the old forms
    retain, hold on to, keep hold of, retain possession of, keep possession of, not part with; save, store, conserve, put aside, set aside
    informal hang on to, stash away
    you should keep all the old forms
    [Antonyms] throw away lose
  • 2 I tried to keep calm
    remain, continue to be, stay, carry on being, persist in being
  • 3 he keeps talking about the Super Bowl
    persist in, keep on, carry on, continue, do something constantly
    he keeps talking about the Super Bowl
    [Antonyms] stop give up
  • 7 that's where we keep the linen
    store, house, stow, put (away), place, deposit
  • 10 she kept their whereabouts from us
    keep secret, keep hidden, hide, conceal, withhold
  • 11 worry kept her from sleeping
    prevent, stop, restrain, hold back
    worry kept her from sleeping
    [Antonyms] enable allow


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keep at

she's determined to keep at her studies until she passes the bar exam persevere with/in/atpersist in/withkeep going withcarry on withpress on withwork away atcontinue with informalstick atplug away athammer away at

keep something back

  • 1.1 she kept back some of the money
    reserve, keep in reserve, put aside/by, set aside; retain, hold back, hold on to, not part with
    informal stash away
  • 2.1 she kept back the details
    withhold, keep secret, keep hidden, conceal, suppress, keep quiet about

keep from

it's hard to keep from smoking refrain fromstop oneselfrestrain oneself fromprevent oneself fromforbear fromavoid

keep off

  • 1.1 we ask that you please keep off the playing field
    stay off, not enter, keep away from, stay away from, not trespass on
  • 2.1 Maud tried to keep off political subjects
    avoid, steer clear of, stay away from, evade, dodge, sidestep, bypass, skirt around
    informal duck

keep on

they kept on working despite our exhaustion, we agreed to keep on continuego oncarry onpersist inpersevere insoldier onstruggle onkeep going

keep something up

keep up the good work continue (with)keep on withkeep going withcarry on withpersist withpersevere with

keep up with

she walked fast to keep up with them keep pace withkeep abreast ofmatchequal

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