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Main Entry: 1keep
Inflected Form(s): kept /kept/; keepˇing 1 a: to be faithful to : FULFILL <keep a promise> b: to act properly in relation to <keep the Sabbath> 2 a: PROTECT <keep us from harm> b: to take care of : TEND <keep a garden> 3: to continue doing something : MAINTAIN <keep silence> <keep on working> <keep that up and you'll get into trouble> 4: to have in one's service or at one's disposal <keep a car> 5: to preserve a record in <keep a diary> 6: to have on hand regularly for sale <keep neckties> 7: to continue to have in one's possession or power <kept the marbles I won> 8 a: to prevent from leaving : DETAIN <keep a person in jail> <was kept after school> b: to place for storage <keeps the catsup in the refrigerator> <keep my socks in a drawer> 9: to hold back <keep a secret> 10 a: to remain or cause to remain in a place, situation, or condition <keep off the grass> <keep him waiting> b: to continue in an unspoiled condition <food that keeps well> 11: 1REFRAIN <keep from talking> 12: to take charge of (as a business) : MANAGE <keep a boardinghouse> <kept an inn> synonymsKEEP, OBSERVE, CELEBRATE, COMMEMORATE mean to notice or honor a day, occasion, or deed. KEEP stresses the idea of not neglecting or violating <keep the Sabbath>. OBSERVE is likely to suggest the holding of formal ceremonies <not all holidays are observed across the nation>. CELEBRATE suggests honoring an occasion by festivity <celebrate Independence Day with a parade>. COMMEMORATE suggests having customs or ceremonies that call to mind what the occasion means <commemorate Memorial Day with the laying of wreaths on gravestones>.