• (historical) The main tower of a castle or fortress, located within the castle walls.
  • The state of being kept; hence, the resulting condition; case.

    "to be in good keep"

  • (obsolete) Care, notice
  • The act or office of keeping; custody; guard; care; heed; charge.
  • (engineering) A cap for holding something, such as a journal box, in place.
  • The food or money required to keep someone alive and healthy; one's support, maintenance.

    "He works as a cobbler's apprentice for his keep."

  • (obsolete) That which is kept in charge; a charge.


  • (intransitive, obsolete) To take care; to be solicitous; to watch.
  • (archaic) To remain in, to be confined to.
  • (transitive, dated) To confine oneself to; not to quit; to remain in.

    "to keep one's house, room, bed, etc."

  • To supply with necessities and financially support a person.

    "He kept a mistress for over ten years."

  • To have habitually in stock for sale.
  • To continue.

    "I keep taking the tablets, but to no avail."

  • To continue in (a course or mode of action); not to intermit or fall from; to maintain.

    "to keep silence;  to keep one's word;  to keep possession"

  • (copulative) To remain in a state.

    "The rabbit avoided detection by keeping still."

  • To maintain the condition of.

    "I keep my specimens under glass to protect them."

  • (intransitive, cricket) To act as wicket-keeper.

    "Godfrey Evans kept for England for many years."

  • (transitive) To enter (accounts, records, etc.) in a book.
  • (with from) To watch over, look after, guard, protect.

    "May the Lord keep you from harm."

  • (transitive) To observe; to adhere to; to fulfill; not to swerve from or violate.
  • To maintain (an establishment or institution); to conduct; to manage.
  • (obsolete) To reside for a time; to lodge; to dwell.

    "She kept to her bed while the fever lasted."

  • To remain edible or otherwise usable.

    "Latex paint won't keep indefinitely."

  • To maintain possession of.

    "I keep a small stock of painkillers for emergencies."

  • (obsolete) To wait for, keep watch for.
  • (transitive) To record transactions, accounts, or events in.

    "I used to keep a diary."

  • (intransitive, obsolete) To be in session; to take place.

    "School keeps today."

  • To restrain.

    "I keep my brother out of trouble by keeping him away from his friends and hard at work."

  • (transitive, dated, by extension) To visit (a place) often; to frequent.
  • (of living things) To raise; to care for.

    "He has been keeping orchids since retiring."

  • (heading, intransitive) To hold or be held in a state.
  • To remain edible or otherwise usable.

    "Potatoes can keep if they are in a root cellar."

  • (heading, transitive) To hold the status of something.
  • (copulative) To remain in a state.

    "Keep calm! There's no need to panic."

  • To maintain the condition of.

    "The abundance of squirrels kept the dogs running for hours."

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