Keep is a slightly difficult word, but we're here to help you better understand it...with EXAMPLES!
When learning new words, it's important to see how they're used, or to see them in the different contexts in which they're often used, and that's just what we'll do to help you better understand keep (and many other English words!). By seeing different ways you can use keep in a sentence, as well as synonyms and antonyms of keep, you will have a much better grasp on how it should be used, and you'll feel more confortable with using it much sooner.
Below you will find the definition of keep, followed by 44 sample sentences (from real sources), gradually increasing in length.
(verb) - maintain in safety from injury, harm, or danger
EXAMPLES - Keep in a Sentence
- I keep wanting to use a French word for a Spanish one! (source)
- It seems the only promise he plans to keep is closing Gitmo. (source)
- "All the Buddhists we call keep saying they don't want the award." (source)
- But at the same time, your name keep coming up, and that's not good. (source)
- Give your video a title keep it short and include the celebrity's name (source)
- The pictures aren't yet hung, but the faxes and phone calls keep coming in. (source)
- When you call keep track of who you spoke with and when you spoke with them. (source)
- HAMMER: The calls keep coming like this one from Aubrey who says, hey it ` s just comedy. (source)
- But is there no meaning in the word keep, or observe, except it be qualified by perfectly? (source)
- "Five months into it, the baby sleeps through the night but the calls keep coming," he says. (source)
- Ah, 2012 is looking like a good year for the Democrats for another win ... keep it up GOPers. (source)
- The calls keep going to voice mail and when they do connect, there is a lot of echo and noise. (source)
- The phone calls keep coming because, let's be honest, there's no such thing as "someone like Bill Murray." (source)
- CNN and the rest of the media is directly responsible for helping Mrs. Palin keep her opinions in the news. (source)
- In case of falling into the water, the chief thing to do is to try to keep calm and to _keep your hands below your chin_. (source)
- And the calls keep coming one after the other with messages of support and love for Jennifer and the entire Hudson family. (source)
- Berwickshire every hind was allowed to keep a few hens; and some of them actually removed for the sake of the _hen's keep_. (source)
- If we are to _be_ in Christ when we are in Ephesus, we need to keep ourselves separate and faithful, and to _keep ourselves_ in (source)
- Meanwhile, as the Marines fanned out, the loud speakers blaring, saying in Arabic keep away from the area, it is for your security. (source)
- The $$ spent on trying to get thin keep increasing despite the fact that the number of obese people in the country is also increasing. (source)
- April 8th, 2010 7: 45 pm ET you watch, can't trust crist for any thing, reminds me of palin keep changing their mind, typical politicians (source)
- The calls keep coming into the "Showbiz on Call" phone lines and I want you to listen to what Tony from Mississippi has to say about all of this. (source)
- You cannot: you are obliged to keep the French word; and yet you take for granted, without inquiry, that in the word 'witchcraft,' and in the word (source)
- Their need, their hope, their search for healing at the depth of their humanity is something with which we must, as we say in English, 'keep faith'. (source)
- Investors short the calls keep the full premium received on the sale as long as shares of the underlying stock do not breach $35.00 by July expiration. (source)
- "Will during the said term keep and at its expiration leave the premises in good repair (reasonable wear and tear and accidents by fire or tempest expected)." (source)
- The best way to gaff a fish you plan to keep is to reach smoothly across its back with the gaff, keeping the point facing down, on the underside of the handle. (source)
- The next story to keep is Tim Pratt's "Hart and Boot", the kind of story you might get if a schizophrenic fabulist decided to recount the plot of a spaghetti western. (source)
- It said that a 30 day deadline to object to exemptions, which determine what property a debtor gets to keep, is final even when the exemption is without merit, subject to sanctions. (source)
- Then I have found myself hanging on your impression in each case with the liveliest suspense and wonder, so thrillingly does the expression keep abreast of it and really translate it. (source)
- Now has for what can be on the coin keep it a gold color and have a drug free country or something like that to incorage the children to stay free for it might be to late for a lot of adults. (source)
- He returns in haalf an hour with everything I need, and brings back this book which I keep, -- remember, gentlemen, which I _keep_, -- a mark of confidence which in this degen'rate age is refreshin '. (source)
- The comments on MSNBC about Mr. Romney seemed to have been plucked straight from the Web site AMERICAblog, which noted on Tuesday that in the 1920s, K.K.K. literature employed the phrase "keep America American." (source)
- Since phone call keep the radio on constantly that will kill your battery the fastest way possible - anything else you do should give you talktime numbers of battery life, otherwise the company has screwed up somewhere. (source)
- III. i.7 (62,9) [I do lose a thing, That none but fools would keep] [W: would reck] The meaning seems plainly this, that _none but fools would_ wish _to keep life_; or, _none but fools would keep_ it, if choice were allowed. (source)
- But on the other hand, force rules, and so it's a matter of bluff and counter bluff and that's why these deadlines and negotiations take so long and why the terms keep changing, because people are squirming for best advantage. (source)
- They build and staff the new lines which are constantly being constructed; they repair destroyed sections of track, restore blown-up bridges; in short, keep in order the arteries through which courses the life-blood of the army. (source)
- Once, when I was very weak with sea-sickness and wanted to keep down a dinner which I had just eaten, they insisted upon it, that, if I would only put into my mouth a piece of fat pork, and _keep it there_, my dinner would stay in its place. (source)
- Where the material is hard, they put on more power, -- where it is soft, more care; wherefore I caution you here, as I would in a mill at Lowell or Lawrence, -- Don't meddle with the shafts, -- don't go too near the wheel, -- in short, keep clear of the machinery. (source)
- But what I wanted to propose was this: that you lend me five hundred dollars to cover the expense of the first year, on condition that I represent the money as coming from the profits of the business and, in short, keep the transaction between ourselves absolutely quiet. (source)
- The word "keep" is in harmony with Joh 8: 31, "If ye continue in My word," expressing the permanency, as a living and paramount principle, of that faith to which He referred: "never see death," though virtually uttered before (Joh 5: 24; 6: 40, 47, 51), is the strongest and most naked statement of a very glorious truth yet given. (source)
- I talked to one of his law clerks from that year because, as the book says, Justice Brennan has made it a practice to have his law clerks -- I should put it in the past tense -- each term keep a record of what happens in each case in which he takes a leading part as the author of the court's opinion, for example, or a dissenting opinion. (source)
- Being me, of course, I can't exactly manage to keep is secret, though there is no guarantee it will sell and I can't tell you who it's for -- but anyway, sometime this fall, I'll be producing fifty pages and a synop on the Heroic Hookers Of The Steampunk West (a book I have been wanting to write for a while, so yay!) envisioned as a YA novel. (source)
- Such exclusiveness is simply a form of that pride, justify or explain it as you will, which found its fullest embodiment in the Jewish Pharisee -- the evil thing that Christ came to burn up with his lovely fire, and which yet so many of us who call ourselves by his name keep hugging to our bosoms -- I mean the pride that says, "I am better than thou." (source)
The average Flesch reading-ease score of the 44 example sentences provided below is 69.0, which suggests that "keep" is a standard word that is understood by individuals with a high school diploma or degree, and can be found in news articles, books, magazines and other places.
We have 36 synonyms for keep.
accumulate, amass, cache, care for, carry, conduct, conserve, control, deal in, deposit, detain, direct, enjoy, garner, grasp, grip, have, heap, hold back, manage, own, pile, place, possess, preserve, put, put up, reserve, retain, save, season, stack, stock, store, trade in, withhold
We have 30 antonyms for keep.
abandon, consume, dishonor, disperse, displace, dispossess, dissipate, divide, fail, give, give up, hand over, hurt, ignore, lack, let go, let happen, lose, need, neglect, not have, release, remove, scatter, separate, spend, squander, use, want, waste
PRONUNCIATION & SYLLABIFICATION
View up to 25 definitions of keep from 5 different sources, as well as parts of speech.
from The American Heritage© Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- (verb-transitive) To retain possession of: kept the change; must keep your composure.
- (verb-transitive) To have as a supply: keep an ax in the shed.
- (verb-transitive) To provide (a family, for example) with maintenance and support: "There's little to earn and many to keep” ( Charles Kingsley).
- (verb-transitive) To support (a mistress or lover) financially.
- (verb-transitive) To put customarily; store: Where do you keep your saw?
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- (verb) To maintain possession of.
- (verb) To maintain the condition of.
- (verb) To remain in, to be confined to.
- (verb) To wait for, keep watch for.
- (verb) To restrain.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- (verb-transitive) To care; to desire.
- (verb-transitive) To hold; to restrain from departure or removal; not to let go of; to retain in one's power or possession; not to lose; to retain; to detain.
- (verb-transitive) To cause to remain in a given situation or condition; to maintain unchanged; to hold or preserve in any state or tenor.
- (verb-transitive) To have in custody; to have in some place for preservation; to take charge of.
- (verb-transitive) To preserve from danger, harm, or loss; to guard.