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Pronunciation: /kiːp/

Translation of keep in French:


vt (prét, pp kept)

  • 1 (retain) garder [receipt, money, letter, seat] to keep sb/sth clean garder qn/qch propre to keep sth warm garder qch au chaud to keep sb warm protéger qn du froid to keep sb waiting faire attendre qn to keep sb talking retenir qn to keep an engine running laisser un moteur en marche
  • 4 (sustain) to keep [sth] going entretenir [conversation, fire] maintenir [tradition] I'll make you a sandwich to keep you going je te ferai un sandwich pour que tu tiennes le coup
  • 5 (store) mettre, ranger where do you keep your cups? où rangez-vous vos tasses?
  • 10 tenir [promise]; garder [secret]; se rendre à [appointment]

vi (prét, pp kept)

  • 1 (continue) to keep doing continuer à or de faire, ne pas arrêter de faire to keep going [person] continuer
  • 2 (remain) to keep out of the rain se protéger de la pluie to keep warm se protéger du froid to keep calm rester calme to keep silent garder le silence
  • 3 [food] se conserver, se garder
  • 5‘how are you keeping?’ ‘comment allez-vous?’ she's keeping well elle va bien

v refl

  • to keep oneself to oneself ne pas être sociable

phr (for keeps)

Phrasal verbs

keep away

keep away ne pas s'approcher (from de)
keep [sth/sb] away empêcher [qch/qn] de s'approcher

keep back

keep back ne pas s'approcher (from de)
keep [sb/sth] back empêcher [qn] de s'approcher [crowd] (from de); [dam] retenir [water] 1.1 (retain) garder [money]; conserver [food]

keep down

keep [sth] downkeep down [sth] limiter [number, speed, inflation]; limiter l'augmentation de [prices, unemployment]

keep off

keep off [sth] ne pas marcher sur [grass] 1.1 éviter [alcohol]; s'abstenir de parler de [subject]
keep [sth] off éloigner [insects] this plastic sheet will keep the rain off cette housse en plastique protège de la pluie

keep on

keep on doing continuer à faire to keep on about ne pas arrêter de parler de to keep on at sb harceler qn (to do pour qu'il fasse)
keep [sb] on garder

keep out

keep out of [sth] ne pas entrer dans [house] ‘keep out!’ ‘défense d'entrer’ 1.1 rester à l'abri de [sun, danger] 1.2 ne pas se mêler de [argument] to keep out of sb's way (not hinder) ne pas gêner qn (avoid seeing) éviter qn
keep [sb/sth] out ne pas laisser entrer [person, animal]

keep to

ne pas s'écarter de [road]; respecter, s'en tenir à [facts]; respecter [law, rules]

keep up

keep up [car, runner, person] suivre
keep [sth] up tenir [trousers] 1.1 continuer [attack, studies]; entretenir [correspondence, friendship]; maintenir [membership, tradition, pace]
keep [sb] up [noise] empêcher [qn] de dormir

keep up with

aller aussi vite que [person]; suivre [class]; [wages] suivre [inflation]; faire face à [demand] 1.1 suivre [fashion, developments]

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