keep meaning

EN[kiːp] [-iːp]
  • A keep (from the Middle English kype) is a type of fortified tower built within castles during the Middle Ages by European nobility.
  • During the 12th century new designs began to be introduced – in France, quatrefoil-shaped keeps were introduced, while in England polygonal towers were built.
  • By the 16th century, however, keeps were slowly falling out of fashion as fortifications and residences. Many were destroyed between the 17th and 18th centuries in civil wars, or incorporated into gardens as an alternative to follies.

    Definition of keep in English Dictionary

  • NounPLkeeps
    1. OBS Care, notice.
      1. (historical) The main tower of a castle or fortress, located within the castle walls. (According to Wikipedia:keep, the word comes "from the Middle English term kype, meaning basket or cask, and was a term applied to the shell keep at Guînes, said to resemble a barrel".).
        1. The food or money required to keep someone alive and healthy; one's support, maintenance.
          1. He works as a cobbler's apprentice for his keep.
        2. The act or office of keeping; custody; guard; care; heed; charge.
          1. The state of being kept; hence, the resulting condition; case.
            1. to be in good keep
          2. OBS That which is kept in charge; a charge.
            1. (engineering) A cap for holding something, such as a journal box, in place.
            2. VerbSGkeepsPRkeepingPT, PPkept
              1. To continue in (a course or mode of action); not to intermit or fall from; to maintain.
                1. to keep silence;  to keep one's word;  to keep possession ‎
              2. (heading) VT To hold the status of something.
                1. I keep a small stock of painkillers for emergencies. ‎
                2. I keep my specimens under glass to protect them. ‎
                3. The abundance of squirrels kept the dogs running for hours. ‎
                4. I used to keep a diary. ‎
                5. The wrathful skies / Gallow the very wanderers of the dark / And make them keep their caves.
                6. I keep my brother out of trouble by keeping him away from his friends and hard at work. ‎
                7. May the Lord keep you from harm. ‎
                8. He kept a mistress for over ten years. ‎
                9. He has been keeping orchids since retiring. ‎
                10. like a pedant that keeps a school
              3. (heading) VI To hold or be held in a state.
                1. She kept to her bed while the fever lasted. ‎
                2. I keep taking the tablets, but to no avail. ‎
                3. Potatoes can keep if they are in a root cellar. ‎
                4. Latex paint won't keep indefinitely. ‎
                5. The rabbit avoided detection by keeping still. ‎
                6. Keep calm! There's no need to panic. ‎
              4. OBS To wait for, keep watch for.
                1. VI (cricket) To act as wicket-keeper.
                  1. Godfrey Evans kept for England for many years. ‎
                2. VI OBS To take care; to be solicitous; to watch.
                  1. VI OBS To be in session; to take place.
                    1. School keeps today. ‎
                  2. VT To observe; to adhere to; to fulfill; not to swerve from or violate.
                    1. VT (dated) To confine oneself to; not to quit; to remain in.
                      1. to keep one's house, room, bed, etc. ‎
                    2. VT (dated, by extension) To visit (a place) often; to frequent.
                    3. More Examples
                      1. Used in the Middle of Sentence
                        • We must also keep in mind that Gandhi did not live long enough to see through the fruitification of his vision.
                        • They kept a barrel to store rainwater that has run off the roof.
                        • He could keep winning through attrition, with a relentless barrage of topspinning ground strokes and a tireless defense of his own side, where would-be winners go to die.
                      2. Used in the Beginning of Sentence
                        • Keep in mind that he does not hear too well anymore, so you may have to speak more loudly.
                        • Keep checking your home and farm security – thieves never sleep and rustling small mobs of stock on lifestyle blocks is on the rise.
                        • Keep an eye peeled, you never know when the ice-cream truck will pass by.
                      3. Used in the Ending of Sentence
                        • I accidentally saved my unwanted changes and overwrote the version of the document I wanted to keep.
                        • And thus (according to this vaticine) twise it was left, but the third time it shall be kept.
                        • ...where the keys of all the felons rooms, as well as the instruments for screwing off and on the irons of the prisoners, are kept.
                    • Part-of-Speech Hierarchy
                      1. Nouns
                        • Countable nouns
                        • Verbs
                          • Copulative verbs
                            • Intransitive verbs
                              • Transitive verbs
                                • Verbs by inflection type
                                  • Irregular verbs
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                              Grammatically, this word "keep" is a noun, more specifically, a countable noun. It's also a verb, more specifically, a copulative verb, an intransitive verb, a transitive verb and a verbs by inflection type.
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