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Etymology

Old English cēpan

Verb

Infinitive
to keep

Third person singular
keeps

Simple past
kept

Past participle
-

Present participle
keeping

to keep (third-person singular simple present keeps, present participle keeping, simple past and past participle kept)
  1. (transitive) To maintain possession of.
    I keep a small stock of painkillers for emergencies.
  2. (transitive) To maintain the condition of.
    I keep my specimens under glass to protect them.
  3. (transitive, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) To remain in, to be confined to.
    • 1605, William Shakespeare, King Lear, III.ii,
      The wrathful skies
      Gallow the very wanderers of the dark
      And make them keep their caves.
  4. (transitive) To restrain.
    I keep my brother out of trouble by keeping him away from his friends and hard at work.
  5. (intransitive) To continue.
    I keep taking the tablets, but to no avail.
  6. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) To act as wicket-keeper.
    Godfrey Evans kept for England for many years.
  7. (transitive, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) to raise; to care for
    • 1914, Robert Joos, Success with Hens, Forbes & company, page 217:
      Of course boys are boys and need watching, but there is little watching necessary when they keep chickens.

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Noun

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Singular
keep

Plural
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  1. The main tower of a castle or fortress, located within the castle walls.
  2. Support.
    He works as a cobbler's apprentice for his keep.

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Estonian

Noun

keep

  1. cloak, capote, gaberdine

Middle English

keep

  1. note
    take keep — “take note”
    • Chaucer, G.P. 503-4:
      And shame it is, if a preest take keep
      A shiten shepherde and a clene sheep

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