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  • "'I will keep these on,' he said to the shopkeeper."
    "'I will keep these on,' he said to the shopkeeper."
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n keeping the act of retaining something
    • n keeping the responsibility of a guardian or keeper "he left his car in my keeping"
    • n keeping conformity or harmony "his behavior was not in keeping with the occasion"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Keep Away from the Banks for Fear The Banks Will Cave In 329 Keep Away from the Banks for Fear The Banks Will Cave In 329
Keep your body steady Keep your body steady
Keep a look-out for the carriages Keep a look-out for the carriages
Sainte-Susanne, Keep Sainte-Susanne, Keep
Where the loveliest of all the parasol Madonnas keeps guard over the still lagoon Where the loveliest of all the parasol Madonnas keeps guard over the still lagoon
"Keep your head still" "Keep your head still"

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Native Indians have been known to paint their doors blue, which they believe keeps the bad spirits out
    • Keeping A holding; restraint; custody; guard; charge; care; preservation. "His happiness is in his own keeping ."
    • Keeping Conformity; congruity; harmony; consistency; as, these subjects are in keeping with each other; his levity is not in keeping with the seriousness of the occasion.
    • Keeping (Paint) Harmony or correspondence between the different parts of a work of art; as, the foreground of this painting is not in keeping .
    • Keeping Maintenance; support; provision; feed; as, the cattle have good keeping . "The work of many hands, which earns my keeping ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Pigs have no sweat glands, which is why they stay in water or mud to keep cool
    • n keeping Care; custody; charge.
    • n keeping Guardian care; guard; watch.
    • n keeping Maintenance; support; subsistence; feed; fodder: as, the cattle have good keeping.
    • n keeping Just proportion; conformity; congruity; consistency; harmony: as, his words are not in keeping with his deeds.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In 1998, a law passed in the U.S. state of Virginia allows drivers to keep their road kill, as long as they report it within 12 hours
    • Keeping care: custody: charge: :
    • Keeping (Shak.) maintenance, support: just proportion, harmony
    • Keeping (paint.) due proportion of light and shade
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  • Alfred North Whitehead
    “Ideas won't keep, something must be done about them.”
  • Samuel Johnson
    “Prudence is an attitude that keeps life safe, but does not often make it happy.”
  • Benjamin Franklin
    “Three can keep a secret if two are dead.”
  • Jean De La Bruyere
    “A man can keep a secret better than his own. A woman her own better than others.”
  • Portuguese Proverb
    Portuguese Proverb
    “Tell your friend a lie. If he keeps it secret, then tell him the truth.”
  • R A Dickson
    R A Dickson
    “X is work. Y is play. Z is keep your mouth shut.”


A still tongue keeps a wise head - Wise people don't talk much.
An apple a day keeps the doctor away - Eating healthy food keeps you healthy.
Keep abreast - If you keep abreast of things, you stay informed about developments.
Keep an eye out - If you keeep an eye out for something, you are watching carefully to see if it happens.
Keep at bay - If you keep someone or something at bay, you maintain a safe distance from them.
Keep body and soul together - If you earn enough to cover your basic expenses, but nothing more than that, you earn enough to keep body and soul together.
Keep in touch - If you keep in touch with someone, you keep communicating with them even though you may live far apart.
Keep it on the Q T - If you keep something on the Q T, you keep it quiet or secret.('Q-T' is also used.)
Keep it under your hat - If you keep something under your hat, you keep it secret.
Keep mum - If you keep mum about something, you keep quiet and don't tell anyone.
Keep posted - If you keep posted about something, you keep up-to-date with information and developments.
Keep someone at arm's length - If you keep someone or something at arm's length, you keep a safe distance away from them.
Keep someone on their toes - If you keep someone on their toes, you make sure that they concentrate on what they are supposed to do.
Keep tabs on someone - If you keep tabs on someone, you check, watch and keep a close eye on what they are doing.
Keep the wolf at bay - If you keep the wolf at bay, you make enough money to avoid going hungry or falling heavily into debt.


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. cépan, orig. to traffic, hence to store up, keep—ceáp, price.


In literature:

The captain and most of the officers were on the quarter-deck, keeping their glasses on the enemy.
"From Powder Monkey to Admiral" by W.H.G. Kingston
Dio promised to keep me in sight, but that was not so easy, though probably his horse would from instinct keep close behind mine.
"With Axe and Rifle" by W.H.G. Kingston
She was still, however, very ill, and had to keep her bed.
"Peter Trawl" by W. H. G. Kingston
I was de youngest slave, so Missy Grace, dats Massa Joe's wife, keep me in de house most of de time, to cook and keep de house cleaned up.
"Slave Narratives Vol. XIV. South Carolina, Part 2" by Works Projects Administration
It will sometimes be impossible for one person to keep the patient in bed and covered with the clothes so as to keep warm.
"Papers on Health" by John Kirk
Keep him down, boys; keep him down.
"The Trail of '98" by Robert W. Service
Do you know if he left you to keep an appointment?
"The Grell Mystery" by Frank Froest
Keep your record clean, and if later you get on the shoals your past will stand you in good stead.
"Dollars and Sense" by Col. Wm. C. Hunter
I'll keep bombing your drives till you can't keep a man on the job.
"Joan of Arc of the North Woods" by Holman Day
I pushed on, keeping to the southward.
"The Scalp Hunters" by Mayne Reid
Keep your clothes well brushed and keep them cleaned.
"Searchlights on Health: Light on Dark Corners" by B.G. Jefferis
He that keeps the cat's dish keeps her aye crying.
"The Proverbs of Scotland" by Alexander Hislop
You have got him into excellent training by keeping him dangling so long; and it is the only chance of keeping your looks or your temper.
"Hopes and Fears scenes from the life of a spinster" by Charlotte M. Yonge
She keeps him for the same reason that she keeps the peacocks, I suppose.
"The Little Colonel's Christmas Vacation" by Annie Fellows Johnston
Deze days de Rabbits has ter keep out de way er folks, but in dem days folks had ter keep out der way er ole Brer Rabbit.
"Nights With Uncle Remus" by Joel Chandler Harris
Notice whether the water tends to follow or to keep away from your finger as you raise it.
"Common Science" by Carleton W. Washburne
Still and scroogy, but keeping up a mighty lot of thinking.
"At the Crossroads" by Harriet T. Comstock
She has gone to keep a look-out in the vicinity of Puerto Berrio.
"Carmen Ariza" by Charles Francis Stocking
My mother keeping all the younger ones in the room near her.
"My Secret Life, Volumes I. to III." by Anonymous
She is keeping the eggs warm, so that the little ones will form and grow, till they are as big as the shells can hold.
"The Children's Book of Birds" by Olive Thorne Miller

In poetry:

Oh me! that wer too well,
My death is of the minde,
Which alwayes yeeldès extreame paines,
Yet keepes the worst behind.
"A Fancy" by Edward Dyer
So all Thy saints--and all Thy sinners too--
Wilt Thou not keep,
Since not alone unto Thy well-beloved
Thou givest sleep?
"At Midnight" by Virna Sheard
Keep pure thy heart, oh, keep it pure,
And thou wilt bless the hour,
When thou withstood temptation's siege,
And bridl'd passion's pow'r.
"Purity" by Thomas Frederick Young
Charlie keeps nae needles nor pins,
And Charlie keeps nae trappin';
But Charlie keeps twa bonnie black een,
Would haud the lasses waukin'.
"O'er The Water To Charlie" by Henry Morley
And the wind of the south calls "Desmond,"
And "Desmond" the north wind calls,
As it sweeps round the keep Ardnagreagh,
The keep of the crumbling walls.
"Desmond" by Clinton Scollard
Wives, say you? Wives! Blessed indeed are they
Who hold of love the everlasting keys,
Keeping your husbands' hearts! Alas the day!
You don't keep these!
"Women Of To-Day" by Charlotte Perkins Stetson Gilman

In news:

So I keep amused by keeping score.
Guard dogs keeping watch over the homes of their owners and keeping whatever is inside safe.
I put my bass in different places, and maybe I keep growing, and keep learning, you know.
Keep careful records You want to keep records tracking who you called, when you called them and how many of those calls resulted in appointments.
This year, keep these tips in mind to keep yourself and your family safe.
So be sure to keep stirring on occasion to keep an eye on things.
If you cannot eat them fresh from the pan, keep finished pancakes in a warm oven, preferably on a wire rack, in order to keep them crisp .
GOOD windows keep out rain and snow, and better windows keep out cold, wind and heat.
Portable computers keep getting smaller, too, although the terminology used to describe them keeps expanding.
So if you want to keep lips looking their best fall through winter, keep lips protected, drink plenty of water, and for goodness sake, don't lick your lips .
The standoff forced the Neenah School District to keep kids in class as a precaution to keep the K-12 students safe.
Keeping Score Filming "On Location" for Keeping Score: Mahler PBS.
Keep it on the ground and keep your pennies, too.
Keep it Simple, Keep it Cheap: Royal Wedding.
Things just keep getting worse for Governor David Paterson, and to his credit, Paterson just keeps getting surlier and surlier.

In science:

So the definition of a determinant varies according to which of the property or properties one wants to keep.
Probability density of determinants of random matrices
The inequality A > 1 should hold in order to keep the absolute unpredictability.
Exact solutions to chaotic and stochastic systems
This requires us to keep the quantity Rs /˜l2 11 fixed in the limiting process.
M(atrix) Theory: Matrix Quantum Mechanics as a Fundamental Theory
Since the variational parameter G(s, 1; s′, 2) is the only quantity we are interested in, there is no need to keep the source J .
Random Heteropolymer Dynamics
First consider the case R → ∞ keeping ν and Γ fixed.
Photon Counting Statistics for Single Molecule Spectroscopy
In such a situation, keep generating new trial values until, you get one within the range.
Monte Carlo: Basics
In this case, when a provider is added, users rewired to it keep their old provider connection.
Growing dynamics of Internet providers
By keeping l = m = 0 and increasing nr, one finds density oscillations in the radial direction having wavelength smaller than R.
Helium nanodroplets and trapped Bose-Einstein condensates as prototypes of finite quantum fluids
We consider two types of randomness: A) We choose the scattering amplitudes according to a random distribution while keeping their locations fixed or B) sub ject them to thermal motion around their sites.
Universal bounds on the selfaveraging of random diffraction measures
In fact we restrict ourselves to the situation of independent scatterers to keep the technicalities down.
Universal bounds on the selfaveraging of random diffraction measures
Recall that the sequence of vertices chosen to collapse a hypergraph is unimportant, provided we keep going until there are no more patches.
Structure of large random hypergraphs
Its methods only return the given complex value and are used to keep the same program structure for a pure calculation without the generation of any strings.
AMEGIC++ 1.0, A Matrix Element Generator In C++
To avoid double counting and to keep the number of channels small, one of the two channels should be removed.
AMEGIC++ 1.0, A Matrix Element Generator In C++
External sources K µ α and Lα keep unchanged under generalized BRST transformation.
Gauge Theory of Gravity
But a complete physical understanding of the quantum black hole thermal behavior is not yet available, and the problem keeps raising interest.
GR16: Quantum General Relativity