Definitions of KEEP in various dictionaries:
the financial means whereby one lives
the main tower within the walls of a medieval castle or fortress
a cell in a jail or prison
keep in a certain state, position, or activity
continue a certain state, condition, or activity
retain possession of
stop (someone or something) from doing something or being in a certain state
conform one's action or practice to
stick to correctly or closely
maintain by writing regular records
supply with room and board
allow to remain in a place or position or maintain a property or feature
supply with necessities and support
fail to spoil or rot
behave as expected during of holidays or rites
keep under control
maintain in safety from injury, harm, or danger
retain rights to
store or keep customarily
have as a supply
maintain for use and service
hold and prevent from leaving
prevent (food) from rotting
To retain possession of: kept the change; must keep your equanimity.
To have as a supply: keep a cord of wood in the shed.
To provide (a family, for example) with maintenance and support: “There’s little to earn and many to keep” (Charles Kingsley).
To put customarily; store: Where do you keep your saw? 5.
To supply with room and board for a charge: keep boarders.
To raise: keep chickens.
To maintain for use or service: a city dweller who didn’t keep a car.
To manage, tend, or have charge of: Keep the shop while I’m away.
To preserve (food).
To cause to continue in a state, condition, or course of action: attempted to keep the patient calm.
To maintain records in: keep a yearly diary.
To enter (data) in a book: keep financial records.
To detain: was kept after school.
To restrain: kept the child away from the hot stove; kept the crowd back with barriers.
To prevent or deter: tried to keep the ice from melting.
To refrain from divulging: keep a secret.
To save; reserve: keep extra money for emergencies.
To maintain: keep late hours.
To adhere to; fulfill: keep one’s word; keep a busy schedule.
To celebrate; observe.
To remain in a state or condition; stay: keep in line; keep quiet; kept well.
To continue to do: keep on talking; keep guessing.
To remain fresh or unspoiled: The dessert won’t keep.
Care; charge: The child is in my keep for the day.
The means by which one is supported: earn one’s keep.
The stronghold of a castle.
To maintain in good condition: kept up the property.
To persevere in; carry on: We asked her to stop talking, but she kept up.
To continue at the same level or pace.
To match one’s competitors, colleagues, or neighbors in success or lifestyle: unsuccessfully tried to keep up with his associates.
For an indefinitely long period: gave the ring to me for keeps.
To stay out of trouble.
To indicate the correct time.
To maintain the tempo or rhythm.
To shun the company of others: She kept to herself all morning.
These verb s mean to have and maintain in one’s possession or control.
adj - to continue to possess [v KEPT, KEEPING, KEEPS] : KEEPABLE