Synonyms of keep in English

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keep1


See definition of keep

verb

1‘he kept the ball as a memento of the match’

SYNONYMS
retain, hold on to, keep for oneself, retain possession of, keep possession of, retain in one's possession, keep hold of, not part with, hold fast to, hold back
save, store, store up, save up, hoard, put by, put aside, lay aside, set aside, reserve, keep in reserve, lay down
collect, accumulate, amass, pile up, stockpile, garner
North American set something by
informal hang on to, stash away
ANTONYMS

lose, throw away

2‘I was trying desperately to keep calm’

SYNONYMS
remain, continue to be, stay, carry on being, go on being, persist in being, not cease to be

3‘he keeps going on about the murder’

SYNONYMS
persist in, go on, keep on, carry on, continue, do something constantly, do something incessantly, do something continually, not stop doing something, persevere
ANTONYMS

give up, stop

4‘I shan't keep you long’

SYNONYMS
detain, cause to stay, cause to wait, keep waiting, keep back, hold back, restrain
delay, hold up, retard, make late, set back, slow down, slow up, hinder, obstruct, check, impede, block, hamper, constrain

5‘he had to keep his promise’

SYNONYMS
comply with, obey, respect, observe, conform to, abide by, stick to, act in accordance with, act according to, have regard to, heed, follow, pay attention to, defer to, take notice of
fulfil, carry out, act on, make good, be bound by, honour, keep to, redeem, keep faith with, stand by, adhere to
execute, discharge, perform
rare effectuate
ANTONYMS

break, disobey

6‘I like to keep the old traditions’

SYNONYMS
preserve, keep alive, keep going, continue, keep up, carry on, hold on to, perpetuate, maintain, uphold, sustain, conserve, cherish, nurture
ANTONYMS

abandon, discard

7‘the stand where her umbrella was kept’

SYNONYMS
store, house, stow, keep a place for, put away, place, put, deposit, stack, pile

8‘the shop keeps a good stock of parchment’

SYNONYMS
stock, have in stock, carry, have, have for sale, hold, sell, deal in, trade in, handle, market, supply, provide, offer for sale

9‘he has to steal to keep his family’

SYNONYMS
provide for, support, provide food for, provide sustenance for, provide board for, feed, keep alive, maintain, sustain, subsidize, finance
take care of, look after, nurture, nourish

10‘she kept rabbits in the back garden’

SYNONYMS
breed, rear, raise, farm
own, have as a pet, keep as a pet, look after, tend

11‘his parents kept a shop’

SYNONYMS
manage, run, own, be the proprietor of, be in charge of, administer, organize, direct, keep up, maintain, operate, look after, superintend

12‘the boy keeps the sheep’

SYNONYMS
tend, look after, care for, take care of, mind, watch over, have charge of, be responsible for
protect, keep safe, keep from harm, preserve, defend, guard, shield, shelter, safeguard, save

13‘today's consumers do not keep the Sabbath’

SYNONYMS
observe, respect, honour, hold sacred, recognize, acknowledge
celebrate, mark, solemnize, ritualize, ceremonialize, commemorate
ANTONYMS

ignore, neglect


noun

1‘he had no money to pay for his keep’

SYNONYMS
maintenance, upkeep, support, sustenance, subsistence, board, board and lodging, food, nourishment, nurture
living, livelihood, means

Synonyms of keep in English

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keep2


See definition of keep

noun

1‘enemies storming the keep’

SYNONYMS
fortress, fort, stronghold, tower, donjon, castle, citadel, bastion, fortification, fastness
archaic hold, dungeon

Phrases

    keep someone from something

    1‘worry kept her from sleeping’


    SYNONYMS

    prevent, stop, hinder, impede, hamper

    restrain, check, curb, hold back, halt

    ANTONYMS

    enable, allow

    2‘keep him from harm’


    SYNONYMS

    preserve, protect, keep safe, afford protection to, guard, shield, shelter, save, safeguard, secure, defend

    ANTONYMS

    endanger

    keep at

    ‘start work early and keep at it’


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    persevere with, persist with, be persistent in, keep going with, keep on at, be pertinacious in, show determination in, be resolute in, be steadfast in, not give up, not cease from, not falter in, carry on with, press on with, work away at, continue with, see through, struggle on with

    informal

    stick at, soldier on with, slave away at, peg away at, plug away at, hammer away at, bash on with, plough through

    ANTONYMS

    give up

    keep something back

    1‘every week she kept back a portion of the money he gave her’


    SYNONYMS

    reserve, keep in reserve, put by, save, save up, store up, put aside, lay aside, set aside, hoard, treasure

    retain, hold back, keep, keep for oneself, hold on to, not part with, keep in one's possession

    North American

    set by

    informal

    keep for a rainy day, stash away

    2‘she kept back the details from Ann’


    SYNONYMS

    conceal, keep secret, keep hidden, hide, withhold, suppress, keep quiet about, not tell, not reveal, not divulge, hush up

    ANTONYMS

    disclose, divulge

    3‘she could hardly keep back her tears’


    SYNONYMS

    suppress, stifle, withhold, choke back, fight back, hold back, hold in, restrain, repress, check, keep in check, keep under control, contain, curb, smother, swallow, bottle up, bite back

    ANTONYMS

    let out

    keep from

    ‘Dinah bit her lip to keep from screaming’


    SYNONYMS

    refrain from, stop oneself, restrain oneself from, prevent oneself from, manage not to, forbear from, resist the temptation to, forgo, avoid

    keep something from someone

    ‘now you know what your mother tried to keep from you’


    SYNONYMS

    keep secret, keep hidden, hide, conceal, withhold, hush up, not tell, suppress, censor, redact

    informal

    keep dark, not breathe a word of

    ANTONYMS

    tell, divulge

    keep off

    1‘he'd tell the boy to keep off private land’


    SYNONYMS

    stay off, not enter, keep away from, stay away from, not trespass on, remain at a distance from, not go near

    ANTONYMS

    enter

    2‘Maud tried to keep off political subjects’


    SYNONYMS

    avoid, steer clear of, stay away from, shun, evade, skirt round, sidestep, dodge, pass over, bypass

    informal

    duck

    ANTONYMS

    raise, mention

    3‘the first thing she told me was to keep off alcohol’


    SYNONYMS

    abstain from, go without, do without, renounce, refrain from, give up, forgo, forswear, resist, turn aside from, swear off, not touch

    informal

    quit

    ANTONYMS

    take up

    4‘it'll be great if the rain keeps off’


    SYNONYMS

    stay away, hold off, not start, not begin, not come, not happen

    ANTONYMS

    start

    keep on

    1‘they preferred to keep on working’


    SYNONYMS

    continue, go on, carry on, persist in, persevere in, keep going with

    soldier on, struggle on, see something through

    ANTONYMS

    stop

    2‘the commander kept on about vigilance’


    SYNONYMS

    talk constantly, talk endlessly, talk repeatedly, keep talking, go on, go on talking, go on and on, dwell on the subject, refer to repeatedly, repeat oneself, ramble on, rant on

    informal

    harp on, witter on, rabbit on

    keep on at

    ‘they kept on at him to hurry up’


    SYNONYMS

    nag, go on at, keep at, harp on at, badger, chivvy, harass, hound, bully, pester, scold

    informal

    hassle

    North American informal

    ride

    keep someone on

    ‘the boss decided to keep the man on’


    SYNONYMS

    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

    ANTONYMS

    dismiss

    keep to

    1‘I've got to keep to the rules’


    SYNONYMS

    obey, abide by, observe, follow, comply with, adhere to, act in accordance with, conform to, be governed by, respect, defer to

    honour, keep, fulfil, act on, stand by, stick to, be bound by, be true to, keep faith with, make good, carry out

    2‘keep to the path by the hedge’


    SYNONYMS

    follow, follow closely, stick to, stay on

    ANTONYMS

    stray from

    3‘speakers should keep to the point’


    SYNONYMS

    stick to, restrict oneself to, confine oneself to

    ANTONYMS

    deviate from

    keep something up

    ‘keep up the good work’


    SYNONYMS

    continue, keep on with, continue with, go on with, carry on with, persist with, persevere with

    maintain, carry on, keep going, sustain

    ANTONYMS

    cease from

    keep up

    ‘he had to run to keep up’


    SYNONYMS

    keep pace, keep abreast

    ANTONYMS

    lag behind

    keep someone/something out

    ‘the doors are closed to keep out any unwelcome visitors’


    SYNONYMS

    exclude, deny access to, shut out, debar, disbar, bar, ban, prohibit, put an embargo on, embargo

    reject, blackball, ostracize, banish

    cut out, freeze out

    British

    send to Coventry

    ANTONYMS

    accept, admit

    keep someone under

    ‘the local people are kept under by the army’


    SYNONYMS

    keep in subjection, keep in submission, hold down, keep down, keep under one's thumb, subdue, subject, suppress, repress, oppress, tyrannize over, tyrannize

    informal

    squash, squelch, trample on

    keep up with

    1‘she walked fast to keep up with him’


    SYNONYMS

    keep pace with, keep abreast of

    rival, challenge, compete with, vie with, match, touch, equal

    ANTONYMS

    lag behind

    2‘even while travelling he kept up with events at home’


    SYNONYMS

    keep informed about, keep up to date with, keep in touch with, not lose track of, keep abreast of, keep an eye on, learn about, retain an interest in

    informal

    keep tabs on, keep a tab on

    ANTONYMS

    lose touch with

    3‘they kept up with him by means of Christmas cards’


    SYNONYMS

    remain in contact with, stay in touch with, maintain contact with, remain in correspondence with, remain in communication with, keep up one's friendship with, remain acquainted with

    ANTONYMS

    lose touch with

    for keeps

    ‘his performance earned him the trophy for keeps’


    SYNONYMS
    informal

    forever, for ever, for all time, for ever and ever, for always, once and for all, for good, for good and all, permanently, in perpetuity

    North American

    forevermore

    informal

    until kingdom come, until hell freezes over, until doomsday

    archaic

    for aye

    ANTONYMS

    temporarily, for the time being