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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; "Keep the commandments"; "celebrate Christmas"; "Observe Yom Kippur"
conform one's action or practice to; "keep appointments"; "she never keeps her promises"; "We kept to the original conditions of the contract"
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; "The pianist kept time with the metronome"; "keep count"; "I cannot keep track of all my employees"
raise; "She keeps a few chickens in the yard"; "he keeps bees"
maintain by writing regular records; "keep a diary"; "maintain a record"; "keep notes"