[noun] 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" Synonyms:support, livelihood, living, bread and butter, sustenance
[noun] the main tower within the walls of a medieval castle or fortress Synonyms:donjon, dungeon
[verb] 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" Synonyms:maintain, hold
[verb] 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" Synonyms:continue, go on, proceed, go along
[verb] retain possession of; "Can I keep my old stuffed animals?"; "She kept her maiden name after she married" Synonyms:hold on
[verb] 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" Synonyms:prevent
[verb] conform one's action or practice to; "keep appointments"; "she never keeps her promises"; "We kept to the original conditions of the contract" Synonyms:observe
[verb] observe correctly or closely; "The pianist kept time with the metronome"; "keep count"; "I cannot keep track of all my employees" Synonyms:observe, maintain
[verb] look after; be the keeper of; have charge of; "He keeps the shop when I am gone"
[verb] maintain by writing regular records; "keep a diary"; "maintain a record"; "keep notes" Synonyms:maintain
[verb] supply with room and board; "He is keeping three women in the guest cottage"; "keep boarders"
[verb] 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" Synonyms:retain, continue, on, going
[verb] 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" Synonyms:sustain, maintain
[verb] fail to spoil or rot; "These potatoes keep for a long time" Synonyms:stay fresh
[verb] celebrate, as of holidays or rites; "Keep the commandments"; "celebrate Christmas"; "Observe Yom Kippur" Synonyms:observe, celebrate