Meaning of “keep up (with sb/sth)” in the English Dictionary

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"keep up (with sb/sth)" in British English

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keep up (with sb/sth)

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

B2 to do whatever is necessary to stay level or equal with someone or something:

He started to walk faster and the children had to run to keep up.
Wages are failing to keep up with inflation.

More examples

  • She walks so fast I can never keep up with her.
  • Technology changes so fast, it's hard to keep up with it.
  • Supply of the goods is failing to keep up with demand.
  • You'll have to walk faster if you want to keep up.
  • He talks so fast, I can't keep up with what he's saying.

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

"keep up (with sb/sth)" in Business English

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keep up (with sb/sth)

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

to do something or move at an acceptable rate, or at the same rate as someone or something else:

It's a fast pace, and you'll have to work hard to keep up.
They pioneered the product, but now they have to keep up with the competition as regards innovation and price.
It was difficult to keep up with all the orders that were coming in.

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