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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR KEEPING UP

Instead of keeping up channel, however, our ship hauled in for the land.

We now had some sharp work with the batteries, keeping up a steady fire.

Then I am only keeping up the reputation my countrymen have already acquired in America.

Send for his logs, and let us examine them; he may have been keeping up the acquaintance.'

Meantime she tried to keep down her anxiety by keeping up her anger.

The men take pride in keeping up the morale of the regiment.

But instead of keeping up his work, he went on to the house with her.

He yelled and swam lustily like a merman, keeping up with the ship.

The system adopted for keeping up the roads is very interesting.

And, indeed, there was no difficulty in her keeping up with them.

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.

Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.