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    keep somebody

    Like Diana, Kate will love but not obey | The Australian
    The 29-year-old bride-to-be, who has been in a relationship with William for eight years, will instead pledge to "love, comfort, honour and keep" him, according to the order of service printed in the program.

    What does keep mean? Does it mean "to protect somebody from something"?

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    #2

    Re: keep somebody

    Sounds reasonable to me.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    #3

    Re: keep somebody

    Maybe it means "all sales final, no returns".

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    #4

    Re: keep somebody

    Quote Originally Posted by luschen View Post
    Maybe it means "all sales final, no returns".
    Could you give a further explanation?

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    #5

    Re: keep somebody

    Quote Originally Posted by sunsunmoon View Post
    Like Diana, Kate will love but not obey | The Australian
    The 29-year-old bride-to-be, who has been in a relationship with William for eight years, will instead pledge to "love, comfort, honour and keep" him, according to the order of service printed in the program.

    What does keep mean? Does it mean "to protect somebody from something"?
    Yes, that's right.

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    #6

    Re: keep somebody

    Quote Originally Posted by sunsunmoon View Post
    Could you give a further explanation?

    It was a joke.

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    Re: keep somebody

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    Yes, that's right.
    But William is in the military. Shouldn't he be keeping Kate, in that case?
    I thought it meant to feed him, support him, as in "Board and Keep".

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    #8

    Re: keep somebody

    That's the way I understand it. Like in the phrase "earn your keep."

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    Re: keep somebody

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    But William is in the military. Shouldn't he be keeping Kate, in that case?
    I thought it meant to feed him, support him, as in "Board and Keep".
    15 [transitive] (formal) to protect somebody from somethingkeep somebody May the Lord bless you and keep you (= used in prayers in the Christian Church).keep somebody from something His only thought was to keep the boy from harm.
    I think this definition, from sunsunmoon's link, is the right one. I think it's in this sense that it's used in the Anglican marriage service.

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    Re: keep somebody

    OK, we all think different things about 'keep'. Anyone have any evidence?

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