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phrasal verb [transitive]
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present tense
I/you/we/theykeep down
he/she/itkeeps down
present participlekeeping down
past tensekept down
past participlekept down
  1. 1
    to control something and prevent it from increasing in size or number

    We have to try and keep costs down.

    The cats help to keep down the rats.

  2. 2
    to stop someone from achieving what they are capable of achieving

    Even if you're intelligent, they still try to keep you down.

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