to maintain (some action), especially in accordance with specific requirements, a promise, etc.: to keep watch; to keep step.
to cause to continue in a given position, state, course, or action: to keep a light burning; to keep a child happy.
to maintain in condition or order, as by care and labor: He keeps his car in good condition.
to maintain in usable or edible condition; preserve: If you want to keep meat for a long time, freeze it.
to hold in custody or under guard, as a prisoner: They kept him in jail.
to cause to stay in a particular place; prevent or restrain from departure: The work kept her at the office.
to have regularly in stock and for sale: to keep a large supply of machine parts.
to maintain in one's service or for one's use or enjoyment: to keep a car and chauffeur.
to associate with: She keeps bad company.
to have the care, charge, or custody of: She keeps my dog when I travel.
to refrain from disclosing; withhold from the knowledge of others: to keep a secret.
to withhold from use; reserve; save: I'll keep this toy until you learn to behave. Keep the good wine for company.
to hold back or restrain: They kept the child from talking. nothing can keep him from doing it.
to maintain control
of; regulate: to keep the peace; to keep your temper.
to maintain by writing: to keep a diary.
to record (business transactions, daily occurrences, etc.) regularly: to keep records; to keep a list of visitors.
to observe; pay obedient regard to (a law, rule, promise, etc.).
to conform to; follow; fulfill: to keep one's word.
to observe (a season, festival, etc.) with formalities or rites: to keep Christmas.
to maintain or carry on, as an establishment, business, etc.; manage.
to guard; protect: He kept her from harm.
to maintain or support: It costs more each year to keep a house.
to support or contribute to the support of in return for sexual or other favors.
to take care of; tend: to keep a vegetable garden.
to raise (livestock): These farmers keep goats and cattle.
to remain in (a place, spot, etc.): Please keep your seats.
to maintain one's position in or on: He kept the job.
to continue to follow (a path, track, course, etc.).
to maintain in active existence, as an assembly, court, or fair.