One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Cause something to remain a secret from (someone).
keep secret, keep hidden, hide, conceal, withhold, hush up, not tell, suppress, censor, redactView synonyms
- ‘He was her best friend, and they never kept secrets from each other.’
- ‘Most teens/pre-teens spend a great deal of time keeping secrets from their parents.’
- ‘He kept the secret from his family until the final show was broadcast.’
- ‘They understand that shared knowledge is much more powerful than if it is kept from the larger group.’
- ‘Don't you think you've kept enough secrets from me?’
- ‘I told the mother the first thing in the morning, but we kept it from the children as long as we could.’
- ‘She's kept something from her, on purpose, because she was afraid it would change what she thinks of her.’
- ‘Then I realized that not telling you would be the same as lying if I deliberately kept something from you.’
- ‘I had no idea what he had in mind and everyone kept the secret from me.’
- ‘My daughter pierced her belly button without permission and kept it from me until I discovered it by accident.’
2Cause something to stay out of.‘she could not keep the dismay from her voice’
- ‘Francesca nodded slowly, trying desperately to keep the laughter from her voice.’
- ‘She kept the sadness from her eyes as she answered him with a kiss.’
- ‘Dirk spoke haltingly, trying to keep the unfettered emotion from his voice.’
- ‘Em was hard pressed to keep the grin from her face as she watched him go.’
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