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Synonyms for keep
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Wiktionary

  1. keepverb

    to maintain possession of

    I keep a small stock of painkillers for emergencies.

    Synonyms:
    retain

  2. keepverb

    to maintain the condition of

    I keep my specimens under glass to protect them.

    Synonyms:
    preserve, protect

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. keep

    Keep, signifying generally to have and retain in possession, is the terse, strong Saxon term for many acts which are more exactly discriminated by other words. We keep, observe, or celebrate a festival; we keep or hold a prisoner in custody; we keep or preserve silence, keep the peace, preserve order — preserve being the more formal word; we keep or maintain a horse, a servant, etc.; a man supports his family; we keep or obey a commandment; keep or fulfil a promise. In the expressions to keep a secret, keep one's own counsel, keep faith, or keep the faith, such words as preserve or maintain could not be substituted without loss. A person keeps a shop or store, conducts or carries on a business; he keeps or carries a certain line of goods; we may keep or restrain one from folly, crime, or violence; we keep from or refrain from evil, ourselves. Keep in the sense of guard or defend implies that the defense is effectual. Compare CELEBRATE; RESTRAIN.

    Synonyms:
    carry, carry on, celebrate, conduct, defend, detain, fulfil, guard, hold, maintain, obey, observe, preserve, protect, refrain, restrain, retain, support, sustain, withhold

    Preposition:
    Keep in hand, in mind, in or within the house; from evil; out of mischief; keep to the subject; keep for a person, an occasion, etc.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. support, keep, livelihood, living, bread and butter, sustenancenoun

    the financial means whereby one lives

    "each child was expected to pay for their keep"; "he applied to the state for support"; "he could no longer earn his own livelihood"

    Synonyms:
    support, backup, supporting, reinforcement, sustainment, backing, funding, nutrition, nutriment, financial support, accompaniment, alimentation, reenforcement, victuals, life, bread and butter, hold, dungeon, musical accompaniment, maintenance, aliment, sustenance, animation, donjon, sustentation, living, upkeep, financial backing, documentation, nourishment, livelihood, aliveness

    Antonyms:
    break, infract, offend, violate, transgress, lose, go against, breach

  2. keep, donjon, dungeonnoun

    the main tower within the walls of a medieval castle or fortress

    Synonyms:
    donjon, sustenance, support, livelihood, dungeon, living, hold, bread and butter

    Antonyms:
    transgress, lose, breach, go against, infract, violate, break, offend

  3. hold, keepverb

    a cell in a jail or prison

    Synonyms:
    clutch, grip, storage area, delay, living, bread and butter, cargo hold, detainment, support, handle, clasp, appreciation, handgrip, dungeon, hold, wait, cargo area, detention, postponement, sustenance, custody, donjon, cargo deck, clench, clutches, grasp, time lag, livelihood

    Antonyms:
    transgress, breach, go against, offend, violate, lose, break, infract

  4. keep, maintain, holdverb

    keep in a certain state, position, or activity; e.g., "keep clean"

    "hold in place"; "She always held herself as a lady"; "The students keep me on my toes"

    Synonyms:
    accommodate, harbor, book, retain, conserve, moderate, view as, support, apply, hold back, harbour, take hold, exert, bind, hold on, hold up, entertain, continue, stay fresh, wield, take, have, concord, go along, check, make, give, go for, take for, throw, defy, control, go on, celebrate, hold open, proceed, obligate, keep up, carry, observe, adjudge, have got, concur, nurse, assert, curb, defend, uphold, save, confine, preserve, prevent, arrest, restrain, declare, withstand, agree, deem, keep open, halt, keep on, asseverate, obtain, maintain, guard, oblige, contain, keep back, sustain, prevail, reserve, admit, hold, hold in, bear

    Antonyms:
    lose, offend, transgress, infract, breach, violate, go against, break

  5. continue, go on, proceed, go along, keepverb

    continue a certain state, condition, or activity

    "Keep on working!"; "We continued to work into the night"; "Keep smiling"; "We went on working until well past midnight"

    Synonyms:
    save, retain, slide by, play along, hold back, pass on, stay on, pass off, remain, continue, progress, persist in, go forward, stay fresh, advance, lapse, move, extend, slip by, fall out, come on, come about, come up, uphold, hold open, elapse, proceed, go along, go, happen, go on, maintain, hold, occur, pass, move on, celebrate, preserve, hold on, glide by, bear on, restrain, stay, prevent, keep open, slip away, keep on, cover, sustain, take place, go by, hap, keep back, carry on, march on, observe

    Antonyms:
    offend, lose, infract, transgress, break, violate, breach, go against

  6. keep, hold onverb

    retain possession of

    "Can I keep my old stuffed animals?"; "She kept her maiden name after she married"

    Synonyms:
    go along, keep on, stop, hang on, go on, restrain, hold back, observe, persist, save, hold, hold on, prevent, hang in, retain, persevere, keep back, sustain, maintain, keep open, hold the line, grasp, celebrate, hold open, preserve, proceed, continue, stay fresh

    Antonyms:
    go against, violate, infract, breach, offend, lose, transgress, break

  7. prevent, keepverb

    stop (someone or something) from doing something or being in a certain state

    "We must prevent the cancer from spreading"; "His snoring kept me from falling asleep"; "Keep the child from eating the marbles"

    Synonyms:
    go along, keep on, celebrate, forestall, go on, restrain, hold back, save, hold, hold on, prevent, foreclose, retain, forbid, keep back, proceed, maintain, keep open, observe, hold open, preserve, sustain, continue, stay fresh, preclude

    Antonyms:
    lose, go against, offend, infract, transgress, break, violate, breach

  8. observe, keepverb

    conform one's action or practice to

    "keep appointments"; "she never keeps her promises"; "We kept to the original conditions of the contract"

    Synonyms:
    detect, retain, hold open, hold back, keep an eye on, hold on, find, continue, stay fresh, notice, abide by, honor, remark, go on, celebrate, watch over, take note, proceed, go along, watch, follow, save, observe, prevent, restrain, honour, mention, keep open, keep on, preserve, respect, maintain, keep back, sustain, hold, discover, note

    Antonyms:
    offend, violate, break, go against, lose, breach, infract, transgress

  9. observe, keep, maintainverb

    stick to correctly or closely

    "The pianist kept time with the metronome"; "keep count"; "I cannot keep track of all my employees"

    Synonyms:
    detect, retain, hold open, asseverate, conserve, hold back, keep an eye on, exert, hold on, find, continue, stay fresh, wield, assert, notice, abide by, honor, defend, remark, go on, celebrate, watch over, take note, proceed, keep up, go along, watch, follow, uphold, save, observe, prevent, restrain, honour, mention, keep open, keep on, preserve, respect, maintain, keep back, sustain, hold, discover, note

    Antonyms:
    go against, offend, breach, break, lose, infract, transgress, violate

  10. keepverb

    look after; be the keeper of; have charge of

    "He keeps the shop when I am gone"

    Synonyms:
    go along, keep on, go on, restrain, hold back, observe, save, hold, hold on, prevent, retain, keep back, sustain, maintain, keep open, celebrate, hold open, preserve, proceed, continue, stay fresh

    Antonyms:
    lose, offend, infract, breach, break, go against, transgress, violate

  11. keep, maintainverb

    maintain by writing regular records

    "keep a diary"; "maintain a record"; "keep notes"

    Synonyms:
    go along, keep on, asseverate, go on, keep up, restrain, hold back, observe, save, wield, hold, hold on, prevent, defend, assert, retain, conserve, uphold, keep back, sustain, maintain, keep open, celebrate, hold open, preserve, proceed, continue, stay fresh, exert

    Antonyms:
    violate, break, go against, offend, transgress, breach, infract, lose

  12. keepverb

    supply with room and board

    "He is keeping three women in the guest cottage"; "keep boarders"

    Synonyms:
    go along, keep on, go on, restrain, hold back, observe, save, hold, hold on, prevent, retain, keep back, sustain, maintain, keep open, celebrate, hold open, preserve, proceed, continue, stay fresh

    Antonyms:
    breach, violate, lose, go against, break, infract, transgress, offend

  13. retain, continue, keep, keep onverb

    allow to remain in a place or position or maintain a property or feature

    "We cannot continue several servants any longer"; "She retains a lawyer"; "The family's fortune waned and they could not keep their household staff"; "Our grant has run out and we cannot keep you on"; "We kept the work going as long as we could"; "She retained her composure"; "this garment retains its shape even after many washings"

    Synonyms:
    go along, keep on, celebrate, remain, stay on, go on, stay, carry on, cover, hold back, save, hold, hold on, persist in, go forward, prevent, retain, keep open, uphold, extend, keep back, proceed, maintain, hold open, restrain, observe, bear on, preserve, sustain, continue, stay fresh

    Antonyms:
    lose, go against, violate, breach, transgress, offend, infract, break

  14. sustain, keep, maintainverb

    supply with necessities and support

    "She alone sustained her family"; "The money will sustain our good cause"; "There's little to earn and many to keep"

    Synonyms:
    retain, conserve, get, support, hold back, corroborate, exert, affirm, hold on, hold up, continue, stay fresh, wield, have, go along, defend, assert, celebrate, hold open, proceed, nurture, keep up, observe, nourish, go on, hold, uphold, confirm, save, preserve, prevent, restrain, keep open, suffer, keep on, asseverate, maintain, prolong, keep back, sustain, substantiate

    Antonyms:
    break, offend, breach, lose, go against, transgress, violate, infract

  15. keep, stay freshverb

    fail to spoil or rot

    "These potatoes keep for a long time"

    Synonyms:
    go along, keep on, go on, restrain, hold back, observe, save, hold, hold on, prevent, retain, keep back, sustain, maintain, keep open, celebrate, hold open, preserve, proceed, continue, stay fresh

    Antonyms:
    transgress, infract, violate, go against, lose, breach, offend, break

  16. observe, celebrate, keepverb

    behave as expected during of holidays or rites

    "Keep the commandments"; "celebrate Christmas"; "Observe Yom Kippur"

    Synonyms:
    detect, retain, hold open, hold back, keep an eye on, hold on, find, continue, stay fresh, notice, abide by, honor, lionise, remark, go on, celebrate, watch over, take note, proceed, go along, watch, follow, save, observe, prevent, restrain, honour, mention, lionize, keep open, keep on, preserve, respect, maintain, keep back, sustain, hold, discover, fete, note

    Antonyms:
    infract, break, breach, violate, offend, lose, go against, transgress

  17. restrain, keep, keep back, hold backverb

    keep under control; keep in check

    "suppress a smile"; "Keep your temper"; "keep your cool"

    Synonyms:
    intimidate, retain, hold off, throttle, hold back, restrict, hold on, continue, withhold, save, stay fresh, trammel, go along, wait, hold in, stop, encumber, turn back, celebrate, hold open, proceed, cumber, observe, forbear, go on, constrain, hold, conceal, confine, preserve, prevent, arrest, restrain, bound, keep open, keep on, maintain, limit, contain, keep back, sustain, check

    Antonyms:
    offend, lose, breach, violate, infract, break, transgress, go against

  18. keep, preserveverb

    maintain in safety from injury, harm, or danger

    "May God keep you"

    Synonyms:
    go along, keep on, go on, carry on, uphold, restrain, hold back, observe, save, hold, hold on, prevent, keep up, conserve, retain, bear on, keep back, sustain, maintain, keep open, celebrate, hold open, preserve, proceed, continue, stay fresh

    Antonyms:
    break, breach, transgress, violate, lose, infract, go against, offend

  19. keepverb

    raise

    "She keeps a few chickens in the yard"; "he keeps bees"

    Synonyms:
    go along, keep on, go on, restrain, hold back, observe, save, hold, hold on, prevent, retain, keep back, sustain, maintain, keep open, celebrate, hold open, preserve, proceed, continue, stay fresh

    Antonyms:
    infract, breach, offend, transgress, violate, go against, break, lose

  20. keep open, hold open, keep, saveverb

    retain rights to

    "keep my job for me while I give birth"; "keep my seat, please"; "keep open the possibility of a merger"

    Synonyms:
    spare, pull through, economize, retain, carry through, make unnecessary, hold back, salvage, hold on, continue, stay fresh, lay aside, economise, go along, relieve, salve, redeem, celebrate, hold open, proceed, save up, observe, go on, hold, save, write, preserve, prevent, deliver, restrain, keep open, keep on, maintain, keep back, sustain, bring through

    Antonyms:
    offend, transgress, break, breach, violate, infract, lose, go against

  21. keepverb

    store or keep customarily

    "Where do you keep your gardening tools?"

    Synonyms:
    go along, keep on, go on, restrain, hold back, observe, save, hold, hold on, prevent, retain, keep back, sustain, maintain, keep open, celebrate, hold open, preserve, proceed, continue, stay fresh

    Antonyms:
    lose, break, violate, breach, transgress, offend, infract, go against

  22. keepverb

    have as a supply

    "I always keep batteries in the freezer"; "keep food for a week in the pantry"; "She keeps a sixpack and a week's worth of supplies in the refrigerator"

    Synonyms:
    go along, keep on, go on, restrain, hold back, observe, save, hold, hold on, prevent, retain, keep back, sustain, maintain, keep open, celebrate, hold open, preserve, proceed, continue, stay fresh

    Antonyms:
    breach, violate, infract, go against, lose, transgress, offend, break

  23. keep, maintainverb

    maintain for use and service

    "I keep a car in the countryside"; "She keeps an apartment in Paris for her shopping trips"

    Synonyms:
    go along, keep on, asseverate, go on, keep up, restrain, hold back, observe, save, wield, hold, hold on, prevent, defend, assert, retain, conserve, uphold, keep back, sustain, maintain, keep open, celebrate, hold open, preserve, proceed, continue, stay fresh, exert

    Antonyms:
    offend, break, breach, violate, infract, lose, go against, transgress

  24. keepverb

    hold and prevent from leaving

    "The student was kept after school"

    Synonyms:
    go along, keep on, go on, restrain, hold back, observe, save, hold, hold on, prevent, retain, keep back, sustain, maintain, keep open, celebrate, hold open, preserve, proceed, continue, stay fresh

    Antonyms:
    go against, infract, lose, transgress, violate, break, offend, breach

  25. preserve, keepverb

    prevent (food) from rotting

    "preserved meats"; "keep potatoes fresh"

    Synonyms:
    go along, keep on, celebrate, hold open, stay fresh, go on, carry on, conserve, hold back, hold, hold on, prevent, keep up, retain, keep open, uphold, keep back, proceed, maintain, restrain, observe, bear on, preserve, sustain, continue, save

    Antonyms:
    lose, breach, go against, transgress, infract, violate, offend, break

Editors Contribution

  1. sustain

    Submitted by rinat on August 7, 2019  

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. keepverb

    Synonyms:
    retain, detain, hold, hold fast

  2. keepverb

    Synonyms:
    preserve, maintain, continue

  3. keepverb

    Synonyms:
    restrain, withhold

  4. keepverb

    Synonyms:
    guard, protect, take care of

  5. keepverb

    Synonyms:
    fulfil, observe, adhere to, be faithful to, be true to, stand by

  6. keepverb

    Synonyms:
    celebrate, honor, solemnize, commemorate, do honor to

  7. keepverb

    Synonyms:
    sustain, support, maintain

  8. keepverb

    Synonyms:
    continue, remain

  9. keepverb

    Synonyms:
    stay, abide, lodge, dwell

  10. keepverb

    Synonyms:
    endure, last

  11. keepnoun

    Synonyms:
    stronghold, donjon

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How to use keep in a sentence?

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  2. Marge Piercy:

    Long hair is considered bohemian, which may be why I grew it, but I keep it long because I love the way it feels, part cloak, part fan, part mane, part security blanket.

  3. Alexa Mosca:

    We didn't want to keep having to go out, we stocked up on paper towels, waters, frozen vegetables and frozen foods, granola bars.

  4. Tammy Meyers:

    My son is not an animal. My son is a hero in my book, there were mistakes like everyone of us have made in our lives. But this particular mistake was made to keep a bigger mistake from happening. And my wife paid the ultimate price for it.

  5. Bette Davis:

    To fulfill a dream, to be allowed to seat over lonely labor, to be given the chance to create, is the meat and potatoes of life. The money is the gravy. As everyone else, I love to dunk my crust in it. But alone, it is not a diet designed to keep body and soul together.


Translations for keep

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  • احتفظ, يحتفظArabic
  • главна кулаBulgarian
  • guardar, desar, continuar, seguir, homenatge, torre mestra, torre de l'homenatgeCatalan, Valencian
  • pokračovat, nechat siCzech
  • cadw, gorthwrWelsh
  • borgtårn, barfred, kernetårnDanish
  • heraushalten, weiter, bewahren, behalten, weiterhin, aufheben, fernhalten, aushalten, halten, erhalten, LebensunterhaltGerman
  • κρατώ, [[κεντρικός]] [[πύργος]]Greek
  • guardar, mantener, continuar, permanecer, seguir, quedar, criar, torre del homenajeSpanish
  • pysyä, pitää, tehdä jotakin jatkuvasti, jatkaa, säilyttää, keskustorni, elantoFinnish
  • garder, continuer, conserver, donjonFrench
  • fierdergean, hâldeWestern Frisian
  • comhlíon, coinnigh, coimeád, daingean, doinsiúnIrish
  • cùm, glèidh, daingneachScottish Gaelic
  • kitart, tart, eltart, vártoronyHungarian
  • պահպանել, պահել, շարունակելArmenian
  • simpan, menjagaIndonesian
  • rimanere, tenere, seguitare, trattenere, continuare, restare, torrione, mantenimentoItalian
  • 保持, 継続, 維持, 抑止, 飼う, 保つ, 確保, 留まる, 続行Japanese
  • მთავარი გოდოლიGeorgian
  • 유지Korean
  • кармоо, улантуу, сактоо, башкы мунараKyrgyz
  • teneo, reservare, retinereLatin
  • чува, држи, главна кула, издршкаMacedonian
  • സൂക്ഷിക്കുക, സംരക്ഷിക്കുക, സംരക്ഷണംMalayalam
  • behouden, houdenDutch
  • fortsette, beholde, bevare, forpleining, underhold, borgtårnNorwegian
  • deixar, manter, guardar, seguir, conter, continuar, permanecer, criar, manter-se, torre de menagem, apoioPortuguese
  • ține, păstraRomanian
  • продолжить, содержать, сохранять, остаться, хранить, сохранить, оставаться, сдержать, продолжать, держать, сдерживатьRussian
  • hålla, bevara, fortsätta, behållaSwedish
  • เก็บ, คอย, หมั่น, เอาไว้Thai
  • saklamak, tutmak, bakmak, devam etmek, durmakTurkish
  • триматиUkrainian
  • giữVietnamese
  • kipön, kipedönVolapük
  • wårderWalloon

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