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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;
conform one's action or practice to;
prevent (food) from rotting; "preserved meats"; "keep potatoes fresh"
supply with room and board; "He is keeping three women in the guest cottage"; "keep boarders"
stick to correctly or closely;
raise; "She keeps a few chickens in the yard"; "he keeps bees"
the act of retaining something
maintain by writing regular records; "keep a diary"; "maintain a record"; "keep notes"
keep in a certain state, position, or activity; e.g., "keep clean"; "hold in place"; "She always held herself as a lady"; "The students keep me on my toes"
the responsibility of a guardian or keeper; "he left his car in my keeping"