Synonyms of keep in English:



  • 1 he kept the ball as a memento of the match you should keep all the old forms
    retain, hold on to, keep for oneself, retain possession of, keep possession of, retain in one's possession, keep hold of, not part with, hold fast to, hold back; save, store, store up, save up, hoard, put by, put aside, lay aside, set aside, reserve, keep in reserve, lay down; collect, accumulate, amass, pile up, stockpile, garner; North Americanset something by
    [Antonyms] lose throw away
  • 2 I was trying desperately to keep calm
    remain, continue to be, stay, carry on being, go on being, persist in being, not cease to be
  • 3 he keeps going on about the murder
    persist in, go on, keep on, carry on, continue, do something constantly, do something incessantly, do something continually, not stop doing something, persevere
    [Antonyms] give up stop
  • 4 I shan't keep you long
    detain, cause to stay, cause to wait, keep waiting, keep back, hold back, restrain; delay, hold up, retard, make late, set back, slow down, slow up, hinder, obstruct, check, impede, block, hamper, constrain
  • 5 he had to keep his promise some people kept the rules and some never tried
    comply with, obey, respect, observe, conform to, abide by, stick to, act in accordance with, act according to, have regard to, heed, follow, pay attention to, defer to, take notice of; fulfil, carry out, act on, make good, be bound by, honour, keep to, redeem, keep faith with, stand by, adhere to; execute, discharge, perform
    [Antonyms] break disobey
  • 6 I like to keep the old traditions
    preserve, keep alive, keep going, continue, keep up, carry on, hold on to, perpetuate, maintain, uphold, sustain, conserve, cherish, nurture
    [Antonyms] abandon discard
  • 7 the stand where her umbrella was kept
    store, house, stow, keep a place for, put away, place, put, deposit, stack, pile
  • 8 the shop keeps a good stock of parchment
    stock, have in stock, carry, have, have for sale, hold, sell, deal in, trade in, handle, market, supply, provide, offer for sale
  • 9 he has to steal to keep his family
    provide for, support, provide food for, provide sustenance for, provide board for, feed, keep alive, maintain, sustain, subsidize, finance; take care of, look after, nurture, nourish
  • 10 she kept rabbits in the back garden
    breed, rear, raise, farm; own, have as a pet, keep as a pet, look after, tend
  • 11 his parents kept a shop
    manage, run, own, be the proprietor of, be in charge of, administer, organize, direct, keep up, maintain, operate, look after, superintend
  • 12 the boy keeps the sheep ‘God keep you,’ he muttered
    tend, look after, care for, take care of, mind, watch over, have charge of, be responsible for; protect, keep safe, keep from harm, preserve, defend, guard, shield, shelter, safeguard, save
  • 13 today's consumers do not keep the Sabbath
    observe, respect, honour, hold sacred, recognize, acknowledge; celebrate, mark, solemnize, ritualize, ceremonialize, commemorate
    [Antonyms] ignore neglect
  • Phrases

    keep at

    start work early and keep at it
    [Antonyms] give up
    persevere withpersist withbe persistent inkeep going withkeep on atbe pertinacious inshow determination inbe resolute inbe steadfast innot give upnot cease fromnot falter incarry on withpress on withwork away atcontinue withsee throughstruggle on with informalstick atsoldier on withslave away atpeg away atplug away athammer away atbash on withplough through

    keep something back

  • 1 every week she kept back a portion of the money he gave her
    reserve, keep in reserve, put by, save, save up, store up, put aside, lay aside, set aside, hoard, treasure; retain, hold back, keep, keep for oneself, hold on to, not part with, keep in one's possession; North Americanset by
    informal keep for a rainy day, stash away
  • 2 she kept back the details from Ann
    conceal, keep secret, keep hidden, hide, withhold, suppress, keep quiet about, not tell, not reveal, not divulge, hush up
    [Antonyms] disclose divulge
  • 3 she could hardly keep back her tears
    suppress, stifle, withhold, choke back, fight back, hold back/in, restrain, repress, check, keep in check, keep under control, contain, curb, smother, swallow, bottle up, bite back
    [Antonyms] let out
  • keep from

    Dinah bit her lip to keep from screamingrefrain fromstop oneselfrestrain oneself fromprevent oneself frommanage not toforbear fromresist the temptation toforgoavoid

    keep someone from something

  • 1 worry kept her from sleeping he could hardly keep himself from laughing
    prevent, stop, hinder, impede, hamper; restrain, check, curb, hold back, halt
    [Antonyms] enable allow
  • 2 keep him from harm
    preserve, protect, keep safe, afford protection to, guard, shield, shelter, save, safeguard, secure, defend
    [Antonyms] endanger
  • keep something from someone

    now you know what your mother tried to keep from you
    [Antonyms] tell divulge
    keep secretkeep hiddenhideconcealwithholdhush upnot tellsuppresscensorredact informalkeep darknot breathe a word of

    keep off

  • 1 he'd tell the boy to keep off private land
    stay off, not enter, keep away from, stay away from, not trespass on, remain at a distance from, not go near
    [Antonyms] enter
  • 2 Maud tried to keep off political subjects
    avoid, steer clear of, stay away from, shun, evade, skirt round, sidestep, dodge, pass over, bypass
    informal duck
    [Antonyms] raise mention
  • 3 the first thing she told me was to keep off alcohol
    abstain from, go without, do without, renounce, refrain from, give up, forgo, forswear, resist, turn aside from, swear off, not touch
    informal quit
    [Antonyms] take up
  • 4 it'll be great if the rain keeps off
    stay away, hold off, not start, not begin, not come, not happen
    [Antonyms] start
  • keep on

  • 1 they preferred to keep on working
    continue, go on, carry on, persist in, persevere in, keep going with; soldier on, struggle on, see something through
    [Antonyms] stop
  • 2 the commander kept on about vigilance
    talk constantly, talk endlessly, talk repeatedly, keep talking, go on, go on talking, go on and on, dwell on the subject, refer to repeatedly, repeat oneself, ramble on, rant on
    informal harp on, witter on, rabbit on
  • keep someone on

    the boss decided to keep the man on
    [Antonyms] dismiss
    continue to employkeep employingcarry on employingretain in one's servicenot dismissnot sackkeep in one's employretain the services of

    keep on at

    they kept on at him to hurry upnaggo on atkeep atharp on atbadgerchivvyharasshoundbullypesterscold informalhassleNorth American informalride

    keep someone/something out

    the doors are closed to keep out any unwelcome visitors
    [Antonyms] accept admit
    excludedeny access toshut outdebardisbarbarbanprohibitput an embargo onembargorejectblackballostracizebanishcut outfreeze outBritishsend to Coventry

    keep to

  • 1 I've got to keep to the rules
    obey, abide by, observe, follow, comply with, adhere to, act in accordance with, conform to, be governed by, respect, defer to; honour, keep, fulfil, act on, stand by, stick to, be bound by, be true to, keep faith with, make good, carry out
  • 2 keep to the path by the hedge
    follow, follow closely, stick to, stay on
    [Antonyms] stray from
  • 3 speakers should keep to the point
    stick to, restrict oneself to, confine oneself to
    [Antonyms] deviate from
  • keep someone under

    the local people are kept under by the armykeep in subjectionkeep in submissionhold downkeep downkeep under one's thumbsubduesubjectsuppressrepressoppresstyrannize overtyrannize informalsquashsquelchtrample on

    keep up

    he had to run to keep up
    [Antonyms] lag behind
    keep pacekeep abreast

    keep something up

    keep up the good work she kept up a continuous conversation
    [Antonyms] cease from
    continuekeep on withcontinue withgo on withcarry on withpersist withpersevere withmaintaincarry onkeep goingsustain

    keep up with

  • 1 she walked fast to keep up with him
    keep pace with, keep abreast of; rival, challenge, compete with, vie with, match, touch, equal
    [Antonyms] lag behind
  • 2 even while travelling he kept up with events at home
    keep informed about, keep up to date with, keep in touch with, not lose track of, keep abreast of, keep an eye on, learn about, retain an interest in
    [Antonyms] lose touch with
  • 3 they kept up with him by means of Christmas cards
    remain in contact with, stay in touch with, maintain contact with, remain in correspondence with, remain in communication with, keep up one's friendship with, remain acquainted with
    [Antonyms] lose touch with
  • noun

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  • he had no money to pay for his keep
    maintenance, upkeep, support, sustenance, subsistence, board, board and lodging, food, nourishment, nurture; living, livelihood, means
  • Phrases

    for keeps

    informal his performance earned him the trophy for keeps
    [Antonyms] temporarily for the time being
    foreverfor everfor all timefor ever and everfor alwaysonce and for allfor goodfor good and allpermanentlyin perpetuityNorth Americanforevermore informaluntil kingdom comeuntil hell freezes overuntil doomsday archaicfor aye

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