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keep

Synonyms of keep in English:

verb

  • 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
    [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
    [Antonyms] stop, give up
  • 4 I won't keep you long
    detain, keep waiting, delay, hold up, retard, slow down
  • 5 most people kept the rules he had to keep his promise
    comply with, obey, observe, conform to, abide by, adhere to, stick to, heed, follow;
    fulfill, carry out, act on, make good, honor, keep to, stand by
    [Antonyms] disobey, break
  • 6 keeping the old traditions
    preserve, keep alive/up, keep going, carry on, perpetuate, maintain, uphold, sustain
    [Antonyms] discard, abandon
  • 7 that's where we keep the linen
    store, house, stow, put (away), place, deposit
  • 8 she keeps rabbits
    breed, rear, raise, farm;
    own, have as a pet
  • 9 God keep you keep them from harm
    [Antonyms] neglect, endanger
  • 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
    [Antonyms] enable, allow
  • noun

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  • 1 money to pay for his keep
    maintenance, upkeep, sustenance, board, room and board, lodging, food, livelihood
  • Phrases

    keep at
    1
    she's determined to keep at her studies until she passes the bar exam
    persevere with/in/at, persist in/with, keep going with, carry on with, press on with, work away at, continue with
    informal stick at, plug away at, hammer away at
    keep something back
    2
  • 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
  • 3.1 she could hardly keep back her tears
    suppress, stifle, choke back, fight back, hold back/in, repress, keep in check, contain, smother, swallow, bite back
  • keep from
    3
    it's hard to keep from smoking
    refrain from, stop oneself, restrain oneself from, prevent oneself from, forbear from, avoid
    keep off
    4
  • 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
  • 3.1 you should keep off alcohol
    abstain from, do without, refrain from, give up, forgo, not touch
    informal swear off
    formal forswear
  • keep on
    5
    they kept on working despite our exhaustion, we agreed to keep on
    continue, go on, carry on, persist in, persevere in;
    soldier on, struggle on, keep going
    keep something up
    6
    keep up the good work
    continue (with), keep on with, keep going with, carry on with, persist with, persevere with
    keep up with
    7
    she walked fast to keep up with them
    keep pace with, keep abreast of;
    match, equal
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