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phrasal verb [transitive]
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theykeep from
he/she/itkeeps from
present participlekeeping from
past tensekept from
past participlekept from
  1. 1
    keep someone/something from doing something to prevent someone from doing something or prevent something from happening

    These worries kept her from sleeping properly.

    The troops withheld fire to keep the situation from escalating.

  2. 2
    keep something from someone to not tell someone something

    I kept the news from him for a while.

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