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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;
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"; "