Meaning of “keep sb/sth from sth” in the English Dictionary

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"keep sb/sth from sth" in British English

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keep sb/sth from sth

phrasal verb with keep uk /kiːp/ us /kiːp/ verb kept, kept

C2 to prevent someone or something from doing something:

[ + -ing verb ] Try to keep the children from throwing food all over the floor.
Am I keeping you from your work?

More examples

  • It would be better if we could keep the baby from falling asleep until we get home.
  • I use this piece of wood to keep the door from blowing shut.
  • Jack is doing everything he can to keep the business from failing.
  • My husband always keeps me from getting too depressed about work.
  • Wrapping bread and storing it in the fridge keeps it from going stale so quickly.

(Definition of “keep sb/sth from sth” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"keep sb/sth from sth" in Business English

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keep sb/sth from sth

phrasal verb with keep uk /kiːp/ us verb kept, kept

to prevent someone or something from doing something:

Am I keeping you from your work?
keep sb/sth from doing sth The board is doing everything it can to keep the business from failing.

(Definition of “keep sb/sth from sth” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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