Definition - kept

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kept
  1. supply with necessities and support; "She alone sustained her family"; "The money will sustain our good cause"; "There's little to earn and many to keep"
  2. continue a certain state, condition, or activity; "Keep on working!"; "We continued to work into the night"; "Keep smiling"; "We went on working until well past midnight"
  3. hold and prevent from leaving; "The student was kept after school"
  4. maintain in safety from injury, harm, or danger; "May God keep you"
  5. retain possession of; "Can I keep my old stuffed animals?"; "She kept her maiden name after she married"
  6. fail to spoil or rot; "These potatoes keep for a long time"
  7. look after; be the keeper of; have charge of; "He keeps the shop when I am gone"
  8. maintain for use and service; "I keep a car in the countryside"; "She keeps an apartment in Paris for her shopping trips"
  9. have as a supply; "I always keep batteries in the freezer"; "keep food for a week in the pan

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