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keep as in the financial means whereby one lives
  • "each child was expected to pay for their keep"
  • "he applied to the state for support"
  • "he could no longer earn his own livelihood"

Synonyms

  • support the activity of providing for or maintaining by supplying with money or necessities; aiding the cause or policy or interests of; something providing immaterial assistance to a person or cause or interest; a military operation (often involving new supplies of men and materiel) to strengthen a military force or aid in the performance of its mission; documentary validation; the financial means whereby one lives; supporting structure that holds up or provides a foundation; the act of bearing the weight of or strengthening; a musical part (vocal or instrumental) that supports or provides background for other musical parts ; any device that bears the weight of another thing; financial resources provided to make some project possible; give moral or psychological support, aid, or courage to; support materially or financially; be behind; be the physical support of; establish or strengthen as with new evidence or facts; adopt as a belief; support with evidence or authority or make more certain or confirm; argue or speak in defense of; play a subordinate role to (another performer); be a regular customer or client of; put up with something or somebody unpleasant
  • livelihood the financial means whereby one lives
  • living the experience of being alive; people who are still living; the condition of living or the state of being alive; the financial means whereby one lives; pertaining to living persons; true to life; (informal) absolute; still in existence; still in active use; (used of minerals or stone) in its natural state and place
  • bread and butter the financial means whereby one lives
  • sustenance a source of materials to nourish the body ; the financial means whereby one lives; the act of sustaining life by food or providing a means of subsistence
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keep as in the main tower within the walls of a medieval castle or fortress

    Synonyms

    • donjon the main tower within the walls of a medieval castle or fortress
    • dungeon the main tower within the walls of a medieval castle or fortress ; a dark cell (usually underground) where prisoners can be confined
    keep as in a cell in a jail or prison

      Synonyms

      • hold the act of grasping; understanding of the nature or meaning or quality or magnitude of something; power by which something or someone is affected or dominated; time during which some action is awaited; a state of being confined (usually for a short time); a stronghold ; a cell in a jail or prison ; the appendage to an object that is designed to be held in order to use or move it; the space in a ship or aircraft for storing cargo ; cause to continue in a certain state, position, or activity; have or hold in one's hands or grip; organize or be responsible for; have or possess, either in a concrete or an abstract sense; keep in mind or convey as a conviction or view; maintain (a theory, thoughts, or feelings); to close within bounds, or otherwise limit or deprive of free movement; secure and keep for possible future use or application; have rightfully; be the physical support of; contain or hold; have room for; remain in a certain state, position, or condition; support or hold in a certain manner; be valid, applicable, or true; assert or affirm; have as a major characteristic; be capable of holding or containing; arrange for and reserve (something for someone else) in advance; protect against a challenge or attack; bind by an obligation; hold the attention of; remain committed to; resist or confront with resistance; be pertinent or relevant or applicable; stop dealing with; lessen the intensity of; keep from departing; take and maintain control over, often by violent means; cause to stop; cover as for protection against noise or smell; drink alcohol without showing ill effects; aim, point, or direct; declare to be; be in accord; keep from exhaling or expelling
      keep as in cause to continue in a certain state, position, or activity
      • "e.g., `keep clean'"
      • "hold in place"
      • "She always held herself as a lady"
      • "The students keep me on my toes"

      Synonyms

      • maintain cause to continue in a certain state, position, or activity; keep in safety and protect from harm, decay, loss, or destruction; supply with necessities and support; state categorically ; have and exercise; maintain for use and service; maintain by writing regular records; state or assert; support against an opponent; stick to correctly or closely
      • hold the act of grasping; understanding of the nature or meaning or quality or magnitude of something; power by which something or someone is affected or dominated; time during which some action is awaited; a state of being confined (usually for a short time); a stronghold ; a cell in a jail or prison ; the appendage to an object that is designed to be held in order to use or move it; the space in a ship or aircraft for storing cargo ; cause to continue in a certain state, position, or activity; have or hold in one's hands or grip; organize or be responsible for; have or possess, either in a concrete or an abstract sense; keep in mind or convey as a conviction or view; maintain (a theory, thoughts, or feelings); to close within bounds, or otherwise limit or deprive of free movement; secure and keep for possible future use or application; have rightfully; be the physical support of; contain or hold; have room for; remain in a certain state, position, or condition; support or hold in a certain manner; be valid, applicable, or true; assert or affirm; have as a major characteristic; be capable of holding or containing; arrange for and reserve (something for someone else) in advance; protect against a challenge or attack; bind by an obligation; hold the attention of; remain committed to; resist or confront with resistance; be pertinent or relevant or applicable; stop dealing with; lessen the intensity of; keep from departing; take and maintain control over, often by violent means; cause to stop; cover as for protection against noise or smell; drink alcohol without showing ill effects; aim, point, or direct; declare to be; be in accord; keep from exhaling or expelling
      keep as in 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"

      Synonyms

      • continue continue a certain state, condition, or activity; continue talking; keep or maintain in unaltered condition; move ahead; allow to remain in a place or position or maintain a property or feature; do something repeatedly and showing no intention to stop; continue after an interruption; continue in a place, position, or situation; span an interval of distance, space or time; exist over a prolonged period of time
      • go on continue a certain state, condition, or activity; come to pass; move forward, also in the metaphorical sense; continue talking; start running, functioning, or operating
      • proceed continue talking; move ahead; follow a procedure or take a course; follow a certain course; continue a certain state, condition, or activity
      • go along cooperate or pretend to cooperate; continue a certain state, condition, or activity; pass by
      keep as in retain possession of
      • "Can I keep my old stuffed animals?"
      • "She kept her maiden name after she married"

      Synonyms

      • hold on hold firmly ; stop and wait, as if awaiting further instructions or developments; be persistent, refuse to stop; hold the phone line open; retain possession of
      keep as in 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"

      Synonyms

      • prevent keep from happening or arising; stop (someone or something) from doing something or being in a certain state
      keep as in conform one's action or practice to
      • "keep appointments"
      • "she never keeps her promises"
      • "We kept to the original conditions of the contract"

      Synonyms

      • observe discover or determine the existence, presence, or fact of; make mention of; observe with care or pay close attention to; watch attentively; show respect towards; behave as expected during of holidays or rites; follow with the eyes or the mind; stick to correctly or closely; conform one's action or practice to
      keep as in stick to correctly or closely
      • "The pianist kept time with the metronome"
      • "keep count"
      • "I cannot keep track of all my employees"

      Synonyms

      • observe discover or determine the existence, presence, or fact of; make mention of; observe with care or pay close attention to; watch attentively; show respect towards; behave as expected during of holidays or rites; follow with the eyes or the mind; stick to correctly or closely; conform one's action or practice to
      • maintain cause to continue in a certain state, position, or activity; keep in safety and protect from harm, decay, loss, or destruction; supply with necessities and support; state categorically ; have and exercise; maintain for use and service; maintain by writing regular records; state or assert; support against an opponent; stick to correctly or closely
      keep as in look after
      • "be the keeper of"
      • "have charge of"
      • "He keeps the shop when I am gone"
      keep as in maintain by writing regular records
      • "keep a diary"
      • "maintain a record"
      • "keep notes"

      Synonyms

      • maintain cause to continue in a certain state, position, or activity; keep in safety and protect from harm, decay, loss, or destruction; supply with necessities and support; state categorically ; have and exercise; maintain for use and service; maintain by writing regular records; state or assert; support against an opponent; stick to correctly or closely
      keep as in supply with room and board
      • "He is keeping three women in the guest cottage"
      • "keep boarders"
      keep as in 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"

      Synonyms

      • retain hold back within; allow to remain in a place or position or maintain a property or feature; secure and keep for possible future use or application; keep in one's mind
      • continue continue a certain state, condition, or activity; continue talking; keep or maintain in unaltered condition; move ahead; allow to remain in a place or position or maintain a property or feature; do something repeatedly and showing no intention to stop; continue after an interruption; continue in a place, position, or situation; span an interval of distance, space or time; exist over a prolonged period of time
      • keep on allow to remain in a place or position or maintain a property or feature
      keep as in 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"

      Synonyms

      • sustain lengthen or extend in duration or space; undergo (as of injuries and illnesses); provide with nourishment; supply with necessities and support; be the physical support of; admit as valid; establish or strengthen as with new evidence or facts
      • maintain cause to continue in a certain state, position, or activity; keep in safety and protect from harm, decay, loss, or destruction; supply with necessities and support; state categorically ; have and exercise; maintain for use and service; maintain by writing regular records; state or assert; support against an opponent; stick to correctly or closely
      keep as in fail to spoil or rot
      • "These potatoes keep for a long time"

      Synonyms

      • stay fresh fail to spoil or rot
      keep as in behave as expected during of holidays or rites
      • "Keep the commandments"
      • "celebrate Christmas"
      • "Observe Yom Kippur"

      Synonyms

      • observe discover or determine the existence, presence, or fact of; make mention of; observe with care or pay close attention to; watch attentively; show respect towards; behave as expected during of holidays or rites; follow with the eyes or the mind; stick to correctly or closely; conform one's action or practice to
      • celebrate behave as expected during of holidays or rites; have a celebration; assign great social importance to
      keep as in maintain in safety from injury, harm, or danger
      • "May God keep you"

      Synonyms

      • preserve a domain that seems to be specially reserved for someone; a reservation where animals are protected ; fruit preserved by cooking with sugar ; keep or maintain in unaltered condition; keep in safety and protect from harm, decay, loss, or destruction; to keep up and reserve for personal or special use; prevent (food) from rotting; maintain in safety from injury, harm, or danger; keep undisturbed for personal or private use for hunting, shooting, or fishing
      keep as in raise
      • "She keeps a few chickens in the yard"
      • "he keeps bees"
      keep as in retain rights to
      • "keep my job for me while I give birth"
      • "keep my seat, please"
      • "keep open the possibility of a merger"

      Synonyms

      • keep open retain rights to
      • hold open retain rights to
      • save (sports) the act of preventing the opposition from scoring; save from ruin, destruction, or harm ; to keep up and reserve for personal or special use; bring into safety; spend less; accumulate money for future use; make unnecessary an expenditure or effort; save from sins ; refrain from harming ; spend sparingly, avoid the waste of; retain rights to; record data on a computer
      keep as in store or keep customarily
      • "Where do you keep your gardening tools?"
      keep as in 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"
      keep as in maintain for use and service
      • "I keep a car in the countryside"
      • "She keeps an apartment in Paris for her shopping trips"

      Synonyms

      • maintain cause to continue in a certain state, position, or activity; keep in safety and protect from harm, decay, loss, or destruction; supply with necessities and support; state categorically ; have and exercise; maintain for use and service; maintain by writing regular records; state or assert; support against an opponent; stick to correctly or closely
      keep as in hold and prevent from leaving
      • "The student was kept after school"
      keep as in prevent the action or expression of
      • "hold back your anger"
      • "keep your cool"
      • "she struggled to restrain her impatience at the delays"

      Synonyms

      • restrain to close within bounds, or otherwise limit or deprive of free movement; restrict (someone or something) so as to make free movement difficult ; prevent (someone or something) from doing something; prevent the action or expression of
      • keep back secure and keep for possible future use or application; hold back; prevent the action or expression of
      • hold back hold back, as of a danger or an enemy; refrain from doing; wait before acting; secure and keep for possible future use or application; hold back; prevent the action or expression of
      keep as in prevent (food) from rotting
      • "preserved meats"
      • "keep potatoes fresh"

      Synonyms

      • preserve a domain that seems to be specially reserved for someone; a reservation where animals are protected ; fruit preserved by cooking with sugar ; keep or maintain in unaltered condition; keep in safety and protect from harm, decay, loss, or destruction; to keep up and reserve for personal or special use; prevent (food) from rotting; maintain in safety from injury, harm, or danger; keep undisturbed for personal or private use for hunting, shooting, or fishing

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