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English definition of “keep”

keep

verb     /kiːp/ (kept, kept)
[T] to have or continue to have something, and not lose it or have to give it back to somebody: There is going to be a reorganization , but all the staff in the department will keep their jobs . On arrival , you will be given an information pack , which is yours to keep. Please keep all invoices relating to the sale .
[T] to have available or for sale : We always keep a good supply of the most popular magazines .
[T] to store something in a particular place : Where do we keep the items that are not on display ? They kept his details on file for future use.
[I or T] to stay , or make something stay , in a particular place or condition : When there's a crisis at work , it's important for managers to keep calm and be supportive .keep sth moving/working/operating You must keep the assembly line moving at a steady rate . keep sth organized / clean / available The bank's policy is to keep interest rates low .
[T] (also keep on) to continue to do something, or to do something again and again: He kept missing deadlines .keep (on) doing sth We kept on working long after everyone else had gone home .
[T] to own and manage a small store : His father kept a candy store in this neighborhood .
[I] if food keeps, it stays fresh and in good condition : This variety of apple keeps well.
keep an account/a record/a note to make a record of events or other information so that you can refer to it later : We keep a record of every sale in this database . Always keep an account of how much you're spending .
keep an appointment to go to a meeting or event that has been arranged : She phoned to say she couldn't keep her appointment .
keep sth to yourself to not tell other people about something: My boss asked me to keep the information to myself until she could announce it formally .
keep sth under control to check something, and make sure that it stays within a certain limit : You must ensure that production costs are kept under control .
(Definition of keep verb from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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