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keep

verb  /kip/ ( past tense and past participle kept  /kept/) us  

keep verb (POSSESS)

[T] to be in or continue to be in someone’s possession: Can I keep this photo? "Keep the change," she told the driver. We keep aspirin in the kitchen (= have it there for future use). [T] If you keep a diary or record, you write about events or record information.

keep verb (DO)

[T] to do something you promised or had scheduled: I kept my promise. Did she keep her appointment? Can you keep a secret (= not tell other people)?

keep verb (STAY)

to stay or cause to stay or continue in a particular place, direction, or condition: [L] keep left [L] keep quiet [L] It’s hard to keep cool in this weather. [T] Sorry to keep you waiting.

keep verb (CONTINUE DOING)

[T] to continue doing something without stopping, or to do it repeatedly: I keep thinking I’ve seen her somewhere before.

keep verb (STAY FRESH)

[I] (of food) to stay fresh and in good condition: Milk keeps longer in the refrigerator.
(Definition of keep from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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