to persevere with or persist in
to stay indoors
If you keep someone on, you continue to employ them, for example after they are old enough to retire or after other employees have lost their jobs .
If you keep to a rule, plan, or agreement, you do exactly what you are expected or supposed to do.
If you keep up with someone or something that is moving near you, you move at the same speed .
to refrain or prevent from coming (near)
If you keep back part of something, you do not use or give away all of it, so that you still have some to use at a later time.
to keep secret or hidden
If you keep the number, size, or amount of something down, you do not let it get bigger or go higher .
Keep-fit is the activity of keeping your body in good condition by doing special exercises.
to prevent or restrain (oneself or another); refrain or cause to refrain
to keep watch, esp during illegal activity
to stay or cause to stay at a distance (from)
to remain or cause to remain outside
If you keep pace with someone who is walking or running, you succeed in going as fast as them, so that you remain close to them.
to remain walking, marching, dancing, etc, in unison or in a specified rhythm
to observe correctly the accent or rhythmic pulse of a piece of music in relation to tempo
to keep a record of business transactions
to keep a record of items, events, etc
If you keep going, you continue doing things or doing a particular thing.
to take care of the affairs of a home ; run a house
to observe the Jewish dietary laws
to maintain or enforce order
If you keep score of the number of things that are happening in a certain situation, you count them and record them.
to make strokes in rhythm
to remain or cause to remain below (a surface)
If someone keeps a vigil or keeps vigil somewhere, they remain there quietly for a period of time, especially at night, for example because they are praying or are making a political protest .
If someone keeps watch, they look and listen all the time, while other people are asleep or doing something else, so that they can warn them of danger or an attack .
to play as wicketkeeper in the game of cricket
If you keep company with a person or with a particular kind of person, you spend a lot of time with them.
keep it up:
to continue a good performance
keep on at:
If you keep on at someone, you repeatedly ask or tell them something in a way that annoys them.
keep in with:
If you keep in with someone, you stay friendly with them, often in order to gain some advantage for yourself because they have power or influence.
keep out of:
to remain or cause to remain unexposed to
keep tabs on:
to keep a watchful eye on
keep up with:
to remain in contact with, esp by letter
to keep pace:
If something keeps pace with something else that is changing, it changes quickly in response to it.
to keep time:
If you keep time when playing or singing music, you follow or play the beat, without going too fast or too slowly.
keep a lookout:
If someone keeps a lookout, especially on a boat, they look around all the time in order to make sure there is no danger .
an exercise class designed to promote physical fitness
keep on about:
If you say that someone keeps on about something, you mean that they keep talking about it in a boring way.
keep pace with:
to proceed at the same speed as
keep sb amused:
If you keep someone amused, you find things to do which stop them getting bored .
keep someone posted:
If you keep someone posted, you keep giving them the latest information about a situation that they are interested in.
keep someone sweet:
If you keep someone sweet, you do something to please them in order to prevent them from becoming annoyed or dissatisfied .
keep the books:
to keep written records of the finances of a business or other enterprise
keep the field:
to continue activity, as in games or military operations
keep the peace:
to maintain or refrain from disturbing law and order
keep track of:
to follow the passage, course, or progress of
keep your cool to lose your cool:
If you keep your cool in a difficult situation, you manage to remain calm . If you lose your cool, you get angry or upset .