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store or keep customarily; "Where do you keep your gardening tools?"
retain rights to; "keep my job for me while I give birth"; "keep my seat, please"; "keep open the possibility of a merger"
allow to remain in a place or position or maintain a property or feature; "We cannot continue several servants any longer"; "She retains a lawyer"; "The family's fortune waned and they could not keep their household staff"; "Our grant has run out and we cannot keep you on"; "We kept the work going as long as we could"; "She retained her composure"; "this garment retains its shape even after many washings"
keep under control; keep in check; "suppress a smile"; "Keep your temper"; "keep your cool"
stop (someone or something) from doing something or being in a certain state; "We must prevent the cancer from spreading"; "His snoring kept me from falling asleep"; "Keep the child from eating the marbles"
behave as expected during of holidays or rites; "K