VOCABULARY

VOCABULARY BOOST: KEEP

The next addition to our series on boosting vocabulary is focussed on the word KEEP. KEEP is a high frequency word in the English language and it is essential to understand its use to perfect language use.

VOCABULARY BOOST- KEEP

KEEP is a transitive verb that can have various meanings, among them are ´continue, stay, maintain, store, own, delay, control´. KEEP has a very good range of collocations that you need to be aware of and you need to be careful not to confuse KEEP with stay.

Keep and save can be confusing because in theory they have the same meaning, ´to put something away, to store or to reserve something for a later date´. But there are some subtle differences.

 

Save is:

  • Reserve something for a specific purpose
  • Collect things
  • Make sure that other people can´t get to something
  • Keep information

 

KEEP is:

  • store something in a specific place
  • not throw something away

 

TRY OUR VOCABULARY LEARNING METHOD (HERE) WITH THESE COLLOCATIONS

 

Collocations with KEEP:

Keep calm – I didn´t want to lose control so I kept calm

Keep control – It is important to keep control when under pressure

Keep a secret – I can keep a secret because I am trustworthy

Keep still – My youngest son finds it hard to keep still

Keep a promise – I can keep a promise because I always do what I say I will do

Keep in touch – It is hard to keep in touch when you are abroad

Keep quiet – When there is an exam in process, everyone must keep quiet

Keep in mind – All students should keep in mind the deadline date when handing in their work

Keep going – When you run a marathon, the important thing is to keep going

Keep the change – I told the waiter that he could keep the change for the good service

Keep your chin up – Even when you fail, you must keep your chin up

Keep fit – The best thing to keep fit is to walk everywhere and eat healthily

Keep your hair on – I told him not to panic and to keep his hair on

Keep something to yourself – It is a secret so you need to keep it to yourself

Keep your job – To be able to keep your job you must accept the pay-cut

Keep your pride – Even when you make a fool of yourself, you should try to keep your pride

Keep your dignity – Drunk people find it hard to keep their dignity

Keep your balance – He was doing yoga and he couldn´t keep his balance so he fell

Keep a copy of – When you write an essay, you should keep a copy on the computer just in case

Keep a record of – I kept a record of the notes about the meeting

Keep a pet – Keeping a pet is a good way to teach responsibility

 

Phrasal verbs with KEEP:

Keep up (with) = maintain a pace

Keep out = not enter

Keep on = continue

Keep out of = not get involved in

Keep down = maintain low

Keep at = continue, persevere. repeat

Keep ahead = maintain the lead

Keep back = delay

Keep off = stay away from

Keep to = maintain your word/promise

 

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The key to using KEEP is to practice a lot and to make phrases and sentences in contexts that you will remember.

 

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