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maintain for use and service; "I keep a car in the countryside"; "She keeps an apartment in Paris for her shopping trips"
have as a supply; "I always keep batteries in the freezer"; "keep food for a week in the pantry"; "She keeps a sixpack and a week's worth of supplies in the refrigerator"
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"; "