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English definition of “keep”

keep

verb [I + -ing verb] (CONTINUE DOING)    /kiːp/ (kept, kept) (also keep on)
B1 to continue doing something without stopping, or to do it repeatedly: He keeps trying to distract me. I keep on thinking I've seen her before somewhere. I kept hoping that he'd phone me.Continue and last keep going to continue in the same way as before: If things keep going like this, we'll have to close the business. to continue to do something or to live normally in a difficult situation: Sometimes it was hard to keep going, but we did it for the children's sake. keep sb going to help someone to continue doing something or living normally, especially in a difficult situation: It was my friends that kept me going through all this. informal to prevent someone from getting too hungry when they have to wait to eat a meal: Have a piece of fruit to keep you going.
(Definition of keep verb (CONTINUE DOING) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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