usage: keep in a certain state, position, or activity; e.g., "keep clean"; "hold in place"; "She always held herself as a lady"; "The students keep me on my toes"
2. continue, go on, proceed, go along, keep, act, move
usage: continue a certain state, condition, or activity; "Keep on working!"; "We continued to work into the night"; "Keep smiling"; "We went on working until well past midnight"
3. keep, hold on, have, have got, hold
usage: retain possession of; "Can I keep my old stuffed animals?"; "She kept her maiden name after she married"
4. prevent, keep
usage: stop (someone or something) from doing something or being in a certain state; "We must prevent the cancer from spreading"; "His snoring kept me from falling asleep"; "Keep the child from eating the marbles"
5. observe, keep
usage: conform one's action or practice to; "keep appointments"; "she never keeps her promises"; "We kept to the original conditions of the contract"
6. observe, keep, maintain
usage: stick to correctly or closely; "The pianist kept time with the metronome"; "keep count"; "I cannot keep track of all my employees"
7. keep, have, have got, hold
usage: look after; be the keeper of; have charge of; "He keeps the shop when I am gone"
8. keep, maintain, record, enter, put down
usage: maintain by writing regular records; "keep a diary"; "maintain a record"; "keep notes"
9. keep, lodge, accommodate
usage: supply with room and board; "He is keeping three women in the guest cottage"; "keep boarders"
10. retain, continue, keep, keep on, prolong, sustain, keep up
usage: allow to remain in a place or position or maintain a property or feature; "We cannot continue several servants any longer"; "She retains a lawyer"; "The family's fortune waned and they could not keep their household staff"; "Our grant has run out and we cannot keep you on"; "We kept the work going as long as we could"; "She retained her composure"; "this garment retains its shape even after many washings"
11. sustain, keep, maintain, have, have got, hold
usage: supply with necessities and support; "She alone sustained her family"; "The money will sustain our good cause"; "There's little to earn and many to keep"
12. keep, stay fresh, stay, remain, rest
usage: fail to spoil or rot; "These potatoes keep for a long time"
13. observe, celebrate, keep
usage: behave as expected during of holidays or rites; "Keep the commandments"; "celebrate Christmas"; "Observe Yom Kippur"