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

: keep1keep2

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 at

      ‘start work early and keep at it’

      SYNONYMS

      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

      keep

      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 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
    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 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 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/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 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 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
    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 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

      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

      until kingdom come, until hell freezes over, until doomsday

      archaic

      for aye

      ANTONYMS

      temporarily, for the time being