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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [keep]
    • /kip/
    • /kiːps/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [keep]
    • /kip/

Definitions of keeps word

  • verb with object keeps to hold or retain in one's possession; hold as one's own: If you like it, keep it. Keep the change. 1
  • verb with object keeps to hold or have the use of for a period of time: You can keep it for the summer. 1
  • verb with object keeps to hold in a given place; store: You can keep your things in here. 1
  • verb with object keeps to maintain (some action), especially in accordance with specific requirements, a promise, etc.: to keep watch; to keep step. 1
  • verb with object keeps to cause to continue in a given position, state, course, or action: to keep a light burning; to keep a child happy. 1
  • verb with object keeps to maintain in condition or order, as by care and labor: He keeps his car in good condition. 1

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Origin of keeps

First appearance:

before 1000
One of the 6% oldest English words
before 1000; Middle English kepen, Old English cēpan to observe, heed, watch, await, take; perhaps akin to Old English gecōp proper, fitting, capian to look, Old Norse kōpa to stare

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Parts of speech for Keeps


keeps popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 100% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

keeps usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for keeps

verb keeps

  • holds — to have or keep in the hand; keep fast; grasp: She held the purse in her right hand. He held the child's hand in his.
  • carries — Third-person singular simple present indicative form of carry.
  • controls — a device or mechanism for operating or regulating a car, aircraft, etc
  • places — a particular portion of space, whether of definite or indefinite extent.
  • stores — an establishment where merchandise is sold, usually on a retail basis.

noun keeps

  • cells — a wireless telephone using a system of low-powered radio transmitters, with each transmitter covering a distinct geographical area (cell) and computer equipment to switch a call from one area to another, thus enabling broad-scale portable phone service.
  • acropolises — Plural form of acropolis.
  • guardhouses — Plural form of guardhouse.
  • antechambers — Plural form of antechamber.
  • donjons — Plural form of donjon.

Antonyms for keeps

verb keeps

  • hurts — Third-person singular simple present indicative form of hurt.
  • needs — of necessity; necessarily (usually preceded or followed by must): It must needs be so. It needs must be.
  • wants — to feel a need or a desire for; wish for: to want one's dinner; always wanting something new.
  • divides — Separate or be separated into parts.
  • uses — to employ for some purpose; put into service; make use of: to use a knife.

noun keeps

Top questions with keeps

  • when you nut and she keeps going?
  • what keeps snakes away?
  • when she keeps sucking?
  • if he keeps coming back what does it mean?
  • what does it mean when your eye keeps twitching?

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