Click any word in a definition or example to find the entry for that word
90% of the time, speakers of English use just 7,500 words in speech and writing. These words appear in red, and are graded with stars. One-star words are frequent, two-star words are more frequent, and three-star words are the most frequent.
The thesaurus of synonyms and related words is fully integrated into the dictionary entries. Click on the T button in an entry to review the synonyms and related words for that meaning.more
Keep still while I brush your hair.
People kept quiet because they were afraid.
I walked along the hall, keeping close to the side.
Keep her warm and give her plenty to drink.
Police tried to keep the two rival groups apart.
Why can't we just keep things simple?
The patient is being kept under observation.
They do not understand the importance of keeping costs under control.
I keep on telling you but you won't listen.
Keep taking the tablets.
I keep forgetting to put the answering machine on.
I think we should keep this one and sell the others.
Read this letter carefully, and keep it in a safe place.
Where do you keep the washing powder?
She keeps the family on two hundred pounds a week.
His pay doesn't even keep the family in food.
This is the British English definition of keep. View American English definition of keep.
the part of the nucleus of an atom that has a positive electrical charge
A must for anyone with an interest in the changing face of language. The Macmillan Dictionary blog explores English as it is spoken around the world today.global English and language change from our blog