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KEEP, pret. and pp. kept. L. habeo, and capio.

1. To hold to retain in one's power or possession not to lose or part with as, to keep a house or a farm to keep any thing in the memory, mind or heart.
2. To have in custody for security or preservation.

The crown of Stephanus, first king of Hungary,was always kept in the castle of Vicegrade.

3. To preserve to retain.

The Lord God, merciful and gracious, keeping mercy for thousands--Exodus 34

4. To preserve from falling or from danger to protect to guard or sustain.

And behold, I am with thee, and will keep thee. Genesis 28 Luke 4 .

5. To hold or restrain from departure to detain.

--That I may know what keeps me here with you.

6. To tend to have the care of.

And the Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden, to dress it and to keep it. Genesis 2

7. To tend to feed to pasture as, to keep a flock of sheep or a herd of cattle in a yard or in a field. He keeps his horses on oats or on hay.
8. To preserve in any tenor or state. Keep a stiff rein.

Keep the constitution sound.

9. To regard to attend to.

While the stars and course of heaven I keep--

10. To hold in any state as, to keep in order.
11. To continue any state, course or action as, to keep silence to keep the same road or the same pace to keep reading or talking to keep a given distance.
12. To practice to do or perform to obey to observe in practice not to neglect or violate as, to keep the laws, statutes or commandments of God.
13. To fulfill to perform as, to keep one's word,promise or covenant.
14. To practice to use habitually as, to keep bad hours.
15. To copy carefully.

Her servant's eyes were fix'd upon her face,

And as she moved or turned,her motions viewed,

Her measures kept, and step by step pursued.

16. To observe or solemnize.
17. To board to maintain to supply with necessaries of life. The men are kept at a moderate price per week.
18. To have in the house to entertain as, to keep lodgers.
19. To maintain not to intermit as, to keep watch or guard.
20. To hold in one's own bosom to confine to one's own knowledge not to disclose or communicate to others not to betray as, to keep a secret to keep one's own counsel.
21. To have in pay as, to keep a servant.

To keep back, to reserve to withhold not to disclose or communicate.

I will keep nothing back from you. Jeremiah 42

1. To restrain to prevent from advancing.

Keep back thy servant also from presumptuous sins. Psalms 19

2. To reserve to withhold not to deliver. Acts 5

To keep company with, to frequent the society of to associate with. Let youth keep company with the wise and good.

To accompany to go with as, to keep company with one on a journey or voyage.

To keep down, to prevent from rising not to lift or suffer to be raised.

To keep in, to prevent from escape to hold in confinement.

1. To conceal not to tell or disclose.
2. To restrain to curb.

To keep off, to hinder from approach or attack as, to keep off an enemy or an evil.

To keep under, to restrain to hold in subjection as, to keep under an antagonist or a conquered country to keep under the appetites and passions.

To keep up, to maintain to prevent from falling or diminution as, to keep up the price of goods to keep up one's credit.

1. To maintain to continue to hinder from ceasing.

In joy, that which keeps up the action is the desire to continue it.keep out, to hinder from entering or taking possession.

To keep bed, to remain in bed without rising to be confined to one's bed.

To keep house, to maintain a family state.

His income enables him to keep house.

1. To remain in the house to be confined.

His feeble health obliges him to keep house.

To keep from, to restrain to prevent approach.

To keep a school, to maintain or support it as, the town or its inhabitants keep ten schools more properly, to govern and instruct or teach a school, as a preceptor.

KEEP, To remain in any state as, to keep at a distance to keep aloft to keep near to keep in the house to keep before or behind to keep in favor to keep out of company, or out of reach.

1. To last to endure not to perish or be impaired. Seek for winter's use apples that will keep.

If the malt is not thoroughly dried,the ale it makes will not keep.

2. To lodge to dwell to reside for a time.

Knock at the study, where, they say, he keeps.

To keep to, to adhere strictly not to neglect or deviate from as, to keep to old customs to keep to a rule to keep to one's word or promise.

To keep on, to go forward to proceed to continue to advance.

To keep up, to remain unsubdued or not to be confined to one's bed.

In popular language, this word signifies to continue to repeat continually not to cease.

KEEP, n. Custody guard. Little used.

1. Colloquially, case condition as in good keep.
2. Guardianship restraint. Little used.
3. A place of confinement in old castles,the dungeon.

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Dictionary of Words from the King James Bible. Public Domain. Copy freely.
Material presented was supplied by Brandon Staggs and was derived from the KJV Dictionary found on his website located at
The unabridged 1828 version of this dictionary in the SwordSearcher Bible Software.

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