The freeze is designed to keep nuclear activities from growing, but Iran would actually be diminishing its stockpile.
The question is how we can keep this violent streak under wraps.
“I try to keep my weight at a certain level,” she tells iVillage.
Should I have married someone Jewish, if only to keep our population up?
“You have to keep telling yourself, ‘This is for the greater good,’” he says.
Your aunt must have dainties to tempt her appetite and so keep up her strength.
Not to admire, is all the art I know, To make men happy, and to keep them so.
I thirsted, and I bethought me of this buffet where you keep your wine.
I'll rush the work here and I'll keep Fleckenstein out of Congress.
"I shall not keep you waiting, Monsieur," was the Vicomte's answer.
late Old English cepan "to seize, hold," also "to observe," from Proto-Germanic *kopijanan, but with no certain connection to other languages. It possibly is related to Old English capian "to look," from Proto-Germanic *kap- (cepan was used c.1000 to render Latin observare), which would make the basic sense "to keep an eye on."
The word prob. belongs primarily to the vulgar and non-literary stratum of the language; but it comes up suddenly into literary use c.1000, and that in many senses, indicating considerable previous development. [OED]Sense of "preserve, maintain" is from mid-14c. Meaning "to maintain in proper order" is from 1550s; meaning "financially support and privately control" (usually in reference to mistresses) is from 1540s. Related: Kept; keeping.
mid-13c., "care or heed in watching," from keep (v.). Meaning "innermost stronghold of a tower" is from 1580s, perhaps a translation of Italian tenazza, with a notion of "that which keeps" (someone or something); the sense of "food required to keep a person or animal" is attested from 1801. For keeps "completely, for good" is American English colloquial, from 1861.