1. phrasal verb If you keep the number, size, or amount of something down, you do not let it get bigger or go higher. [V n P] ⇒ The prime aim is to keep inflation down. [V P n] ⇒ Administration costs were kept down to just £460. 2. phrasal verb If someone keeps a group of people down, they prevent them from getting power and status and being completely free. [V n P] ⇒ No matter what a woman tries to do to improve her situation, there is some barrier or attitude to keep her down. [Also V P n] 3. phrasal verb → keep If you keep food or drink down, you manage to swallow it properly and not vomit, even though you feel sick. [V n P] ⇒ I tried to give her something to drink but she couldn't keep it down.
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