synonyms, antonyms, definitions, examples & translations of keep in English

English Online Dictionary. What means keep‎? What does keep mean?

  • keepe (obsolete)
  • enPR: kēp, IPA(key): /kiːp/, [kʰip̚]
  • Rhymes: -iːp

From Middle English kepen (to keep, guard, look after, watch), from Old English cēpan (to seize, hold, observe), from Proto-West Germanic *kōpijan, from Proto-Germanic *kōpijaną (to look, heed, watch, observe) (compare West Frisian kypje (to look)), from Proto-Indo-European *ǵab-, *ǵāb- (to look after) (compare Lithuanian žẽbti (to eat reluctantly), Russian забо́та (zabóta, care, worry)).

keep (third-person singular simple present keeps, present participle keeping, simple past and past participle kept)

  1. (transitive) To continue in (a course or mode of action); to not intermit or fall from; to uphold or maintain.
  2. (transitive) To remain faithful to a given promise or word.
    Synonym: fullfill
  3. (transitive) To hold the status of something.
    1. To maintain possession of.
    2. (ditransitive) To maintain the condition of; to preserve in a certain state.
    3. (transitive) To record transactions, accounts, or events in.
    4. (transitive) To enter (accounts, records, etc.) in a book.
    5. (archaic) To remain in; to be confined to.
    6. To restrain.
    7. (with from) To watch over, look after, guard, protect.
    8. To supply with necessities and financially support (a person).
    9. (of living things) To raise; to care for.
    10. To refrain from freely disclosing (a secret).
    11. To maintain (an establishment or institution); to conduct; to manage.
    12. To have habitually in stock for sale.
  4. (intransitive) To hold or be held in a state.
    1. (obsolete) To reside for a time; to lodge; to dwell.
    2. To continue.
    3. To remain edible or otherwise usable.
    4. (copulative) To remain in a state.
  5. (obsolete) To wait for, keep watch for.
  6. (intransitive, cricket) To act as wicket-keeper.
  7. (intransitive, obsolete) To take care; to be solicitous; to watch.
  8. (intransitive, obsolete) To be in session; to take place.
  9. (transitive) To observe; to adhere to; to fulfill; to not swerve from or violate.
  10. (transitive, dated, by extension) To visit (a place) often; to frequent.
  11. (transitive, dated) To observe or celebrate (a holiday).
  • (maintain possession of): retain
  • (maintain the condition of): preserve, protect
  • (to reside for a time): See also Thesaurus:sojourn

English terms starting with “keep”

  • for keeps

From Middle English kepe, kep, from the verb (see above).

keep (countable and uncountable, plural keeps)

  1. (historical) The main tower of a castle or fortress, located within the castle walls.
    Synonym: donjon
  2. The food or money required to keep someone alive and healthy; one's support, maintenance.
  3. (obsolete) The act or office of keeping; custody; guard; care; heed; charge; notice.
  4. The state of being kept; hence, the resulting condition; case.
  5. (obsolete) That which is kept in charge; a charge.
  6. (engineering) A cap for holding something, such as a journal box, in place.
  • earn one's keep
  • donjon
  • Ekpe, PEEK, Peek, Peke, kepe, peek, peke

From English keep.

keep (Hong Kong Cantonese)

  1. to keep; to maintain possession of
  2. to keep; to maintain condition of; to preserve
  3. (sports) to mark or guard a player from the opposing team
  • keeper
  • English Loanwords in Hong Kong Cantonese

From Middle Dutch *kēp, *kip, from Old Dutch *kip (compare Old Dutch kip (fetter)), from Proto-West Germanic *kipp- (to cut, split), from Proto-Germanic *kipp- (to split), from Proto-Indo-European *ǵey- (to split, divide, geminate, sprout). Cognate with Middle Low German kēp ("notch, incision"; > German Low German Keep (score, notch, nick)), Old English ċipp (shaving, chip).

  • kip
  • IPA(key): /keːp/
  • Hyphenation: keep
  • Rhymes: -eːp
  • Homophone: cape

keep f (plural kepen, diminutive keepje n)

  1. notch, carven mark
    Synonyms: inkeping, kerf

Unknown, but possibly related to German Kepf (bird of prey).

West Frisian keepfink (bramblefinch) is likely an adapted borrowing of the Dutch.

  • IPA(key): /keːp/
  • Hyphenation: keep
  • Rhymes: -eːp
  • Homophone: cape

keep m (plural kepen, diminutive keepje n)

  1. The brambling, Fringilla montifringilla
  • keep (vogel) on the Dutch Wikipedia.Wikipedia nl

Clipping of keeper.

  • IPA(key): /kip/
  • Hyphenation: keep
  • Rhymes: -ip
  • Homophone: kiep

keep m (plural keeps)

  1. (ball games, chiefly soccer, colloquial) Synonym of keeper

From German Cape.

keep (genitive keebi, partitive keepi)

  1. cloak, capote, gaberdine
  • kep, kepe, koep

From the verb kepen (to keep, to care about).

  • IPA(key): /keːp/

keep (uncountable)

  1. heed, notice, note, observance
    taken keepto take note
    • c. 1368, Geoffrey Chaucer, The Book of the Duchess, as recorded c. 1440–1450 in Bodleian Library MS. Fairfax 16, folio 130r:
  2. care, concern
  3. service, attendance, care
  4. obedience, deference
  5. caution, precaution, vigilance
  • English: keep
  • “kẹ̄p, n.”, in MED Online, Ann Arbor, Mich.: University of Michigan, 2007, retrieved 2023-11-10.

From Middle English kepen, from Old English cēpan, from Proto-West Germanic *kōpijaną.

  • IPA(key): /kiːp/


  1. to keep
  • Jacob Poole (d. 1827) (before 1828) William Barnes, editor, A Glossary, With some Pieces of Verse, of the old Dialect of the English Colony in the Baronies of Forth and Bargy, County of Wexford, Ireland, London: J. Russell Smith, published 1867, page 108
  • IPA(key): /keːp˩/

keep (plural keepoʼob)

  1. (anatomy) penis
  • toon

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