Idioms for keep

Origin of keep

before 1000; Middle English kepen, Old English cēpan to observe, heed, watch, await, take; perhaps akin to Old English gecōp proper, fitting, capian to look, Old Norse kōpa to stare

SYNONYMS FOR keep

1 Keep, reserve, retain, withhold refer to having and holding in possession. Keep (a common word) and retain (a more formal one) agree in meaning to continue to have or hold, as opposed to losing, parting with, or giving up: to keep a book for a week. To reserve is to keep for some future use, occasion, or recipient, or to hold back for a time: to reserve judgment. To withhold is generally to hold back altogether: to withhold help.
6 preserve.
8 detain, confine.
41 donjon, dungeon, stronghold.

OTHER WORDS FROM keep

keep·a·ble, adjectivekeep·a·bil·i·ty, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for keep off (1 of 2)

keep off

verb

to stay or cause to stay at a distance (from)
(preposition) not to eat or drink or prevent from eating or drinking
(preposition) to avoid or cause to avoid (a topic)
(intr, adverb) not to startthe rain kept off all day

British Dictionary definitions for keep off (2 of 2)

keep
/ (kiːp) /

verb keeps, keeping or kept (kɛpt)

noun

Word Origin for keep

Old English cēpan to observe; compare Old Saxon kapōn to look, Old Norse kōpa to stare
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Idioms and Phrases with keep off (1 of 2)

keep off

1

Ward off, avert, as in She used a bug spray to keep off the mosquitoes. [Mid-1500s]

2

Stay away from, not touch or trespass on; also, prevent from touching or trespassing. For example, They put up a sign asking the public to keep off their property, or Please keep your feet off the sofa. [Late 1500s] Also see hands off.

Idioms and Phrases with keep off (2 of 2)

keep

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