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Keep still while I brush your hair.
People kept quiet because they were afraid.
The kids keep cool by swimming in the river.
I walked along the hall, keeping close to the side.
Keep her warm and give her plenty to drink.
Christina kept her voice low.
The police tried to keep the two rival groups apart.
We want to keep the training school open.
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.
Sorry to keep you waiting.
She kept me talking for forty-five minutes.
Don’t go left down Maple Road: keep straight on.
Keep on until you reach the lights.
I keep on telling you but you won’t listen.
Keep taking the tablets.
I keep forgetting to turn the burglar alarm on.
We need more money to keep the farm going.
I think we should keep this one car and sell the others.
Read this letter carefully, and keep it in a safe place.
Where do you keep the detergent?
Expenses must be kept to a minimum.
If you cannot keep your appointment, please let us know.
I have tried to keep my promise.
He promised the family, and I think he will keep his word.
She keeps the family on two hundred dollars a week.
His pay doesn’t even keep the family in food.
A few cows are kept to provide milk, cheese, and cream.
I have been keeping tropical fish for twenty years.
Perfume doesn’t keep indefinitely, you know.
The cranberry sauce will keep for two weeks in the refrigerator.
I want you to keep this to yourself!
They were a quiet couple who kept to themselves.
This is the American English definition of keep. View British English definition of keep.