15 English Phrasal Verbs With 'KEEP'

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15 phrasal verbs with 'KEEP'

Keep around

  1. Keep something near you
    (Separable [obligatory] | International English)
    » Example: I KEEP a dictionary AROUND when I'm doing my homework.

Keep at

  1. Continue with something difficult
    (Inseparable | International English)
    » Example: She found the course hard but she KEPT AT it and completed it successfully.

Keep away

  1. Don't allow someone near something
    (Separable [optional] | International English)
    » Example: Medicines should always be KEPT AWAY from children.

Keep back

  1. Maintain a safe distance
    (Intransitive | International English)
    » Example: The police told the crowd to KEEP BACK from the fire.

Keep down

  1. Not vomit
    (Separable [optional] | International English)
    » Example: The food was so horrible that I struggled to KEEP it DOWN.

Keep from

  1. Control yourself, refrain
    (Inseparable | International English)
    » Example: I couldn't KEEP FROM arguing with her.

Keep in

  1. Not allow someone out
    (Separable [optional] | International English)
    » Example: The teacher KEPT the students IN after school because they had misbehaved.

Keep in with

  1. Maintain good relations, stay on good terms with someone
    (Inseparable | International English)
    » Example: I like to KEEP IN WITH the school inspectors.

Keep off

  1. Not talk about
    (Inseparable | International English)
    » Example: She KEPT OFF the subject of her divorce.
  2. Not tread on something
    (Inseparable | International English)
    » Example: KEEP OFF the grass in the park, please.

Keep on

  1. Continue doing something
    (Inseparable | International English)
    » Example: He KEPT ON trying and succeeded in the end.

Keep out

  1. Not allow someone to enter
    (Separable [optional] | International English)
    » Example: The police KEPT the demonstrators OUT of the building.

Keep to

  1. Stay within limits
    (Inseparable | International English)
    » Example: Please KEEP TO the path.

Keep up

  1. Not let someone go to bed
    (Separable [obligatory] | International English)
    » Example: My neighbours KEPT me UP till after 4 am with their loud music last night.
  2. Maintain a continuous action, persist
    (Separable [optional] | International English | Contributed By: )
    » Example: First I phoned you and left a message that you should phone me; then you phoned and I was out, so you left a message; then...! How long can we KEEP this UP without ever speaking to each other directly?

Keep up at

  1. Continue, not quit
    (Inseparable | International English)
    » Example: Learning a language is difficult, but if you KEEP UP AT it, you'll succeed in the end.

Keep up with

  1. Move at the same rate
    (Inseparable | International English)
    » Example: He walks too fast and it's really hard to KEEP UP WITH him.
  2. Stay up to date
    (Inseparable | International English)
    » Example: It's hard to KEEP UP WITH all the latest improvements and breakthroughs in technology nowadays.

Take our Exercise on 'KEEP'

Quiz for Verb: 'To KEEP'

Choose the correct definition for each phrasal verb...

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'Keep up' means...

'Keep in with' means...

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'Keep back' means...

'Keep off' means...

'Keep on' means...

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