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When he finished, he said, "Now tell me where you keep your vegetables, Uncle Paul?"

Being under his care, it was his duty to keep it in good condition.

Our hero, though strong-armed, had hard work to keep up with him.

I could keep only the effect of its expression and the few tones of your voice I heard.

He had entered into the path of dishonesty, and he was forced to keep on in it.

I'll feel safe enough about my money as long as you keep your health.

Unless you do as I bid you, I will keep you in irons for the rest of the voyage!

Besides, it was not very substantial, and failed to keep up their wonted strength.

It is on Mr. Haley's account that I prefer to keep it secret.

The struggle to keep alive during the cold period was terrible.

WORD ORIGIN

late Old English cepan "to seize, hold," also "to observe," from Proto-Germanic *kopijanan, but with no certain connection to other languages. It possibly is related to Old English capian "to look," from Proto-Germanic *kap- (cepan was used c.1000 to render Latin observare), which would make the basic sense "to keep an eye on."

Sense of "preserve, maintain" is from mid-14c. Meaning "to maintain in proper order" is from 1550s; meaning "financially support and privately control" (usually in reference to mistresses) is from 1540s. Related: Kept; keeping.

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