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phrasal verb [transitive]
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theykeep down
he/she/itkeeps down
present participlekeeping down
past tensekept down
past participlekept down
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  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.
  3. 3
    to succeed in keeping food in your stomach although you feel as if you want to vomit
    I’d eat something if I thought I could keep it down.
  4. 4
    to make a noise less loud
    Keep it down! I’m trying to sleep.
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