We kept that a secret so well, apart from The Metro or some newspaper in the U.K. that did an article on it.
Meanwhile, we all forgot about the iPhone, and kept our BlackBerrys.
Perhaps loyal to a fault—in the sense that he kept around people like Donald Rumsfeld around longer than he should have.
Sharpton spoke of the moment they had all seen in the video when Pantaleo kept Garner in a headlock despite his pleas.
One or the other kept canceling—three times, five, 10; it was becoming a joke.
But he had better have kept his hold upon Ben for a moment longer.
Oscar and Bill kept up a shouted conversation with each other.
He talked to Mrs. Halliday about one thing and another, and kept on talking.
Henderson had ordered that the costumes be kept a great secret.
He lifted the flap of his desk and kept it up with his head while he surveyed the interior.
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.