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  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Keep  \Keep\  (k[=e]p),  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Kept};  p.  pr  &  vb 
  n.  {Keeping}.]  [OE.  k?pen,  AS  c?pan  to  keep  regard,  desire, 
  await,  take  betake;  cf  AS  copenere  lover,  OE  copnien  to 
  desire.] 
  1.  To  care  to  desire.  [Obs.] 
 
  I  kepe  not  of  armes  for  to  yelp  [boast].  --Chaucer. 
 
  2.  To  hold  to  restrain  from  departure  or  removal;  not  to  let 
  go  of  to  retain  in  one's  power  or  possession;  not  to 
  lose;  to  retain;  to  detain. 
 
  If  we  lose  the  field,  We  can  not  keep  the  town. 
  --Shak. 
 
  That  I  may  know  what  keeps  me  here  with  you 
  --Dryden. 
 
  If  we  would  weigh  and  keep  in  our  minds  what  we  are 
  considering,  that  would  instruct  us  --Locke. 
 
  3.  To  cause  to  remain  in  a  given  situation  or  condition;  to 
  maintain  unchanged;  to  hold  or  preserve  in  any  state  or 
  tenor. 
 
  His  loyalty  he  kept,  his  love,  his  zeal.  --Milton. 
 
  Keep  a  stiff  rein,  and  move  but  gently  on 
  --Addison. 
 
  Note:  In  this  sense  it  is  often  used  with  prepositions  and 
  adverbs,  as  to  keep  away  to  keep  down  to  keep  from 
  to  keep  in  out  or  off  etc  ``To  keep  off 
  impertinence  and  solicitation  from  his  superior.'' 
  --Addison. 
 
  4.  To  have  in  custody;  to  have  in  some  place  for 
  preservation;  to  take  charge  of 
 
  The  crown  of  Stephanus  first  king  of  Hungary,  was 
  always  kept  in  the  castle  of  Vicegrade  --Knolles. 
 
  5.  To  preserve  from  danger,  harm,  or  loss  to  guard. 
 
  Behold,  I  am  with  thee,  and  will  keep  thee.  --Gen. 
  xxviii.  15. 
 
  6.  To  preserve  from  discovery  or  publicity;  not  to 
  communicate,  reveal,  or  betray,  as  a  secret. 
 
  Great  are  thy  virtues  .  .  .  though  kept  from  man. 
  --Milton. 
 
  7.  To  attend  upon  to  have  the  care  of  to  tend. 
 
  And  the  Lord  God  took  the  man,  and  put  him  into  the 
  garden  of  Eden,  to  dress  it  and  to  keep  it  --Gen. 
  ii  15. 
 
  In  her  girlish  age,  she  kept  sheep  on  the  moor. 
  --Carew. 
 
  8.  To  record  transactions,  accounts,  or  events  in  as  to 
  keep  books,  a  journal,  etc.;  also  to  enter  (as  accounts, 
  records,  etc  )  in  a  book. 
 
  9.  To  maintain,  as  an  establishment,  institution,  or  the 
  like  to  conduct;  to  manage;  as  to  keep  store. 
 
  Like  a  pedant  that  keeps  a  school.  --Shak. 
 
  Every  one  of  them  kept  house  by  himself.  --Hayward. 
 
  10.  To  supply  with  necessaries  of  life;  to  entertain;  as  to 
  keep  boarders. 
 
  11.  To  have  in  one's  service;  to  have  and  maintain,  as  an 
  assistant,  a  servant,  a  mistress,  a  horse,  etc 
 
  I  keep  but  three  men  and  a  boy.  --Shak. 
 
  12.  To  have  habitually  in  stock  for  sale. 
 
  13.  To  continue  in  as  a  course  or  mode  of  action  not  to 
  intermit  or  fall  from  to  hold  to  to  maintain;  as  to 
  keep  silence;  to  keep  one's  word  to  keep  possession. 
 
  Both  day  and  night  did  we  keep  company.  --Shak. 
 
  Within  this  portal  as  I  kept  my  watch.  --Smollett. 
 
  14.  To  observe;  to  adhere  to  to  fulfill;  not  to  swerve  from 
  or  violate;  to  practice  or  perform,  as  duty;  not  to 
  neglect;  to  be  faithful  to 
 
  I  have  kept  the  faith.  --2  Tim.  iv 
  7. 
 
  Him  whom  to  love  is  to  obey,  and  keep  His  great 
  command.  --Milton. 
 
  15.  To  confine  one's  self  to  not  to  quit  to  remain  in  as 
  to  keep  one's  house,  room  bed,  etc.;  hence  to  haunt;  to 
  frequent.  --Shak. 
 
  'Tis  hallowed  ground;  Fairies,  and  fawns,  and 
  satyrs  do  it  keep  --J.  Fletcher. 
 
  16.  To  observe  duty,  as  a  festival,  etc.;  to  celebrate;  to 
  solemnize;  as  to  keep  a  feast. 
 
  I  went  with  them  to  the  house  of  God  .  .  .  with  a 
  multitude  that  kept  holyday.  --Ps.  xlii  4. 
 
  {To  keep  at  arm's  length}.  See  under  {Arm},  n. 
 
  {To  keep  back}. 
  a  To  reserve;  to  withhold.  ``I  will  keep  nothing  back 
  from  you.''  --Jer.  xlii  4. 
  b  To  restrain;  to  hold  back  ``Keep  back  thy  servant 
  also  from  presumptuous  sins.''  --Ps.  xix.  13. 
 
  {To  keep  company  with}. 
  a  To  frequent  the  society  of  to  associate  with  as 
  let  youth  keep  company  with  the  wise  and  good. 
  b  To  accompany;  to  go  with  as  to  keep  company  with 
  one  on  a  voyage;  also  to  pay  court  to  or  accept 
  attentions  from  with  a  view  to  marriage.  [Colloq.] 
 
 
  {To  keep  counsel}.  See  under  {Counsel},  n. 
 
  {To  keep  down}. 
  a  To  hold  in  subjection;  to  restrain;  to  hinder. 
  b  (Fine  Arts)  To  subdue  in  tint  or  tone,  as  a  portion 
  of  a  picture,  so  that  the  spectator's  attention  may 
  not  be  diverted  from  the  more  important  parts  of  the 
  work 
 
  {To  keep  good}  (or  {bad})  {hours},  to  be  customarily  early 
  (or  late)  in  returning  home  or  in  retiring  to  rest.  --  {To 
  keep  house}. 
  a  To  occupy  a  separate  house  or  establishment,  as  with 
  one's  family,  as  distinguished  from  boarding;  to 
  manage  domestic  affairs. 
  b  (Eng.  Bankrupt  Law)  To  seclude  one's  self  in  one's 
  house  in  order  to  evade  the  demands  of  creditors.  -- 
  {To  keep  one's  hand  in},  to  keep  in  practice.  --  {To  keep 
  open  house},  to  be  hospitable.  --  {To  keep  the  peace}  (Law), 
  to  avoid  or  to  prevent  a  breach  of  the  peace.  --  {To  keep 
  school},  to  govern,  manage  and  instruct  or  teach  a  school,  as 
  a  preceptor.  --  {To  keep  a  stiff  upper  lip},  to  keep  up 
  one's  courage.  [Slang]  --  {To  keep  term}. 
  a  (Eng.  Universities)  To  reside  during  a  term. 
  b  (Inns  of  Court)  To  eat  a  sufficient  number  of  dinners 
  in  hall  to  make  the  term  count  for  the  purpose  of 
  being  called  to  the  bar.  [Eng.]  --Mozley  &  W. 
 
  {To  keep  touch}.  See  under  {Touch},  n. 
 
  {To  keep  under},  to  hold  in  subjection;  hence  to  oppress. 
 
  {To  keep  up}. 
  a  To  maintain;  to  prevent  from  falling  or  diminution; 
  as  to  keep  up  the  price  of  goods;  to  keep  up  one's 
  credit. 
  b  To  maintain;  to  continue;  to  prevent  from  ceasing. 
  ``In  joy,  that  which  keeps  up  the  action  is  the 
  desire  to  continue  it.''  --Locke. 
 
  Syn:  To  retain;  detain;  reserve;  preserve;  hold  restrain; 
  maintain;  sustain;  support;  withhold.  --  To  {Keep}. 
 
  Usage:  {Retain},  {Preserve}.  Keep  is  the  generic  term,  and  is 
  often  used  where  retain  or  preserve  would  too  much 
  restrict  the  meaning;  as  to  keep  silence,  etc  Retain 
  denotes  that  we  keep  or  hold  things  as  against 
  influences  which  might  deprive  us  of  them  or  reasons 
  which  might  lead  us  to  give  them  up  as  to  retain 
  vivacity  in  old  age;  to  retain  counsel  in  a  lawsuit; 
  to  retain  one's  servant  after  a  reverse  of  fortune. 
  Preserve  denotes  that  we  keep  a  thing  against  agencies 
  which  might  lead  to  its  being  destroyed  or  broken  in 
  upon  as  to  preserve  one's  health;  to  preserve 
  appearances. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Hours  \Hours\,  n.  pl  [A  translation  of  L.  Horae  (Gr.  ?).  See 
  {Hour}.]  (Myth.) 
  Goddess  of  the  seasons,  or  of  the  hours  of  the  day 
 
  Lo!  where  the  rosy-blosomed  Hours,  Fair  Venus'  train, 
  appear.  --Gray. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  hours 
  n  1:  a  period  of  time  assigned  for  work  "they  work  long  hours" 
  2:  an  indefinite  period  of  time;  "they  talked  for  hours" 




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