Definition of keep someone or something on in English:

keep someone or something on

phrasal verb

  • Continue to use or employ someone or something.

    ‘we will keep all of them on and set out to surround them with more experienced players next season’
    • ‘Only 31 people have been kept on, to continue with its manufacturing operations until a new owner is found.’
    • ‘In industries that were not heavily unionised, however, some women were kept on - not least because they were cheaper to employ than men.’
    • ‘The worker who lost his job said: ‘In January we were all assessed as to whether we would be kept on by the company - in effect reapplying for our jobs.’’
    • ‘Forty workers were kept on to keep the business going until a sale was secured.’
    • ‘We've heard of other companies where, when contracts expired, people were kept on.’
    • ‘There were 24 redundancies, although seven people were kept on by the administrators to retain the pallet area.’
    • ‘The 21 workers were kept on so the firm could be sold as a going concern by the receivers.’
    • ‘Most of the people he used to work with have been made redundant, but David has been kept on because he's brilliant at his job.’
    • ‘He was made a political correspondent and was kept on by the Telegraph when it took over the Morning Post.’
    • ‘A small number have been kept on to tie up loose ends before it permanently closes its doors next month.’
    continue to employ, keep employing, carry on employing, retain in one's service, not dismiss, not sack, keep in one's employ, retain the services of