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[n] a cell in a jail or prison
[n] the main tower within the walls of a medieval castle or fortress
[n] the financial means whereby one lives; "each child was expected to pay for their keep"; "he applied to the state for support"; "he could no longer earn his own livelihood"
[v] prevent from rotting, as of foods; "preserved meats"; "keep potatoes fresh"
[v] observe correctly or closely; "The pianist kept time with the metronome"; "keep count"; "I cannot keep track of all my employees"
[v] maintain by writing regular records; "keep a diary"; "maintain a record"; "keep notes"
[v] supply with necessities and support; "She alone sustained her family"; "The money will sustain our good cause"; "There's little to earn and many to keep"
[v] hold and prevent from leaving; "The student was kept after school"
[v] retain possession of; "Can I keep my old stuffed animals?"; "She kept her maiden name after she married"
[v] look after; be the keeper of; have charge of; "He keeps the shop when I am gone"
[v] maintain for use and service; "I keep a car in the countryside"; "She keeps an apartment in Paris for her shopping trips"
[v] have as a supply; "I always keep batteries in the freezer"; "keep food for a week in the pantry"; "She keeps a sixpack and a week's worth of supplies in the refrigerator"
[v] store or keep customarily; "Where do you keep your gardening tools?"
[v] retain rights to; "keep my job for me while I give birth"; "keep my seat, please"; "keep open the possibility of a merger"
[v] allow to remain in a place or position; "We cannot continue several servants any longer"; "She retains a lawyer"; "The family's fortune waned and they could not keep their household staff"; "Our grant has run out and we cannot keep you on"; "We kept the work going as long as we could"
[v] keep under control; keep in check; "suppress a smile"; "Keep your temper"; "keep your cool"
[v] prevent from doing something or being in a certain state; "We must prevent the cancer from spreading"; "His snoring kept me from falling asleep"; "Keep the child from eating the marbles"
[v] celebrate, as of holidays or rites; "Keep the commandments"; "celebrate Christmas"; "Observe Yom Kippur"
[v] conform one's action or practice to; "keep appointments"; "she never keeps her promises"; "We kept to the original conditions of the contract"
[v] supply with room and board; "He is keeping three women in the guest cottage"; "keep boarders"
[v] raise; "She keeps a few chickens in the yard"; "he keeps bees"
[v] keep in a certain state, position, or activity; e.g., "keep clean"; "hold in place"; "She always held herself as a lady"; "The students keep me on my toes"
[v] continue a certain state, condition, or activity; "Keep on working!"; "We continued to work into the night"; "Keep smiling"; "We went on working until well past midnight"
[v] maintain in safety form injury, harm, or danger; "May God keep you"
[v] fail to spoil or rot; "These potatoes keep for a long time"

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