keep to - definition and synonyms

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

    You should keep your intake of alcohol to a minimum.

  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 timetable of waking and sleeping.

    Always keep to the speed limit.

  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 point.

See also main entry: keep