Synonyms of keep
1 remainDictionary • Keeping cool out here requires cold drinks plus a hat.
stay • Hundreds of people defied army orders to stay at home.
continue to be
go on being
carry on being
2 preventDictionary • Embarrassment has kept me from doing all sorts of things. usually with from
prevent • These methods prevent pregnancy.
deter • Capital punishment does not deter crime.
inhibit • Sugary drinks inhibit digestion.
block • All attempts to complain to his superiors were blocked.
stall • an attempt to stall the negotiations
restrain • He grabbed my arm, partly to restrain me.
hamstring • He could hamstring a conservative-led coalition.
hamper • I was hampered by a lack of information.
withhold • Police withheld the victim's name until her relatives had been informed.
hinder • Landslides are continuing to hinder the arrival of relief supplies.
shackle • The trade unions are shackled by the law.
3 continueDictionary • I turned back after a while, but he kept walking. sometimes with on
continue • Outside the hall, people continued their vigil.
go on • the necessity for the war to go on
carry on • Her bravery has given him the will to carry on.
remain • The three men remained silent.
4 hold on toDictionary • We want to keep as many players as we can.
hold on to
maintain • You should always maintain your friendships.
retain • They want to retain a strip 33ft wide on the eastern shore.
keep possession of
save • a final attempt to save 40,000 jobs
preserve • We will do everything we can to preserve peace.
conserve • an increase in US aid to help developing countries conserve their forests
, give up
5 storeDictionary • She kept her money under the mattress.
store • storing away cash that will come in useful later on
put • She put her bag on the floor.
place • Chairs were placed in rows for the parents.
house • The building houses a collection of motorcycles and cars.
deposit • You are advised to deposit valuables in the hotel safe.
pile • He was piling clothes into the case.
stack • They are stacked neatly in piles of three.
heap • They were heaping up wood for a bonfire.
stow • I helped her stow her bags in the boot of the car.
6 carryDictionary • The shop keeps specialized books on various aspects of the collection.
carry • Does this shop carry clocks?
stock • The shop stocks everything from cigarettes to recycled loo paper.
have • I want to have my own business.
hold • Hold the baby while I load the car.
sell • It sells everything from hair ribbons to oriental rugs.
supply • an agreement not to supply chemical weapons to these countries
handle • Japanese dealers won't handle US cars.
7 comply with • I'm hoping you'll keep your promise to come for a long visit.
fulfil • All the necessary conditions were fulfilled.
follow • Take care to follow the instructions.
mind • You mind what I say now!
respect • It's about time they respected the law.
observe • Forcing motorists to observe speed restrictions is difficult.
obey • The commander refused to obey an order.
heed • Few at the conference in London last week heeded his warning.
adhere to • All members adhere to a strict code of practice.
8 recordDictionary • Eleanor began to keep a diary.
record • In her letters she records the domestic and social details of life in China.
report • Several newspapers reported the decision.
write • Write your name and address at the top of the page.
log • Details of the crime are logged in the computer.
chroniclehistorians. • The rise of collectivism in Britain has been chronicled by several
9 supportDictionary • She could just about afford to keep her five kids.
support • I have children to support, and a home to be maintained.
maintain • the basic costs of maintaining a child
sustain • The magnets have lost the capacity to sustain the weight.
mind • Could you mind the shop while I'm out, please?
fund • The foundation has funded a variety of faculty programs.
finance • new taxes to finance increased military expenditure
feed • Feeding a hungry family is expensive.
foster • She has fostered more than 100 children.
take care of
nurture • Seema's interest in literature was nurtured by her parents.
cherish • He genuinely loved and cherished his children.
nourish • This attitude has been carefully nourished by a small group of journalists and scholars.
subsidize • a government decision to subsidize coal mining
10 raiseDictionary • This mad writer kept a lobster as a pet.
raise • She raised chickens and pigs.
own • His father owns a local pub.
tend • For years he tended her in her illness.
breed • He lived alone, breeding horses and dogs.
rear • She spends a lot of time rearing animals.
nurture • Parents want to know the best way to nurture and raise their children to adulthood.
11 manageDictionary • His father kept a village shop.
manage • Within two years, he was managing the store.
run • His father ran a prosperous business.
administer • Next summer's exams will be straightforward to administer.
be in charge (of)
rule • the feudal lord who ruled this land
direct • He will direct day-to-day operations.
handle • She handled travel arrangements for the press corps.
govern • They go to the polls on Friday to choose the people they want to govern their country.
oversee • Get a surveyor to oversee and inspect the various stages of the work.
supervise • One of his jobs was supervising the dining room.
superintend • During the interval, he superintended a prize draw.
12 delayDictionary • `Sorry to keep you, Jack.'
delay • The passengers were delayed by bad weather.
detain • We won't detain you any further.
impede • Fallen rocks are impeding the progress of rescue workers.
stop • I think she really would have liked to stop everything right there.
limit • He limited payments on the country's foreign debt.
check • Sex education is expected to help check the spread of Aids.
arrest • The new rules could arrest the development of good research.
curb • He must learn to curb that temper of his.
constrain • Women are too often constrained by family commitments.
obstruct • Drivers who park illegally obstruct the flow of traffic.
retard • Continuing violence will retard negotiations.
13 stay fresh • Whatever is left over will keep for 2-3 weeks.
be safe to eat
14 associate with • I don't like the company you keep.
hang out with (informal)
hang with (informal, mainly US)
be friends with
run around with (informal)
hang about with
15 honourDictionary • My father never kept the Sabbath and I never did either.
honour • He had failed to honour his word.
mark • Thousands of people took to the streets to mark the occasion.
respect • Trying to respect her wishes, I said I'd leave.
celebrate • Tom celebrated his birthday two days ago.
observe • We are observing Christmas quietly this year.
acknowledge • He is acknowledged as an excellent goal-keeper.
recognize • Most doctors appear to recognize homeopathy as a legitimate form of medicine.
commemorate • a gallery of paintings commemorating great moments in baseball history
1 boardDictionary • I need to give my parents money for my keep.
board • Free room and board are provided for all hotel staff.
food • Enjoy your food!
maintenance • Absent fathers must pay maintenance for their children.
upkeep • The money will be used for the estate's upkeep.
living • He earns his living doing all kinds of things.
support • He failed to send child support.
livelihood • fishermen who depend on the seas for their livelihood.
subsistence • Up to £350,000 has been spent on travel and subsistence.
kai (New Zealand, informal) • I'm starving - let's have some kai.
nourishment • He was unable to take nourishment for several days.
sustenance • everything that is necessary for the sustenance of the offspring
2 towerDictionary • the parts of the keep open to visitors
tower • troops occupied the first two floors of the tower
castle • They were given a guided tour of the medieval castle.
stronghold • The seat was a stronghold of the Labour Party.
dungeon • the ceiling of the tiny dungeon
citadel • The citadel at Besançon towered above the river.
IDIOMS:▷ for keeps
PHRASAL VERBS:▷ keep away
▷ keep up
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acknowledgeIf someone's achievements, status, or qualities are acknowledged, they are known about and recognized by a lot of people, or by a particular group of people.
• He is acknowledged as an excellent goal-keeper.
• All members adhere to a strict code of practice.
administerIf someone administers something such as a country, the law, or a test, they take responsibility for organizing and supervising it.
• Next summer's exams will be straightforward to administer.
Thesaurus for keep from the Collins English Thesaurus
to have or retain possession of