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phrasal verb [transitive]
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theykeep to
he/she/itkeeps to
present participlekeeping to
past tensekept to
past participlekept to
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  1. 1
    keep something to something to prevent an amount or number from passing a limit

    You should keep your intake of alcohol to two drinks per day.

  2. 2
    keep to something to follow an agreement or a rule, by doing what you should do or what you said you would do

    Try to keep to a regular schedule when you travel overseas.

  3. 3
    keep to something to stay on a path, road, etc. when you are going somewhere

    You must keep to the path.

    They kept to the side of the field.

  4. 4
    keep to something to write or talk about the subject that you have started to talk about, and not any other subject

    I wish he’d just keep to the subject.

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