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English definition of “keep”

keep

verb (DELAY)    /kiːp/ (kept, kept)
B1 [T] to delay someone or prevent them from doing something: He's very late, what's keeping him? [+ -ing verb] I'm so sorry to keep you waiting. She kept me talking on the phone for half an hour. I hope I'm not keeping you up (= preventing you from going to bed).Delaying and wasting timePreventing and impedingLimiting and restricting [I] If you say that news or information for someone can keep, you mean that you can tell it to them later: "I must tell you something." "Can't it keep? I'm in a hurry!" Whatever your news is, it will keep.Delaying and wasting time
(Definition of keep verb (DELAY) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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