• To continue in (a course or mode of action); not to intermit or fall from; to uphold or maintain.
  • to remain faithful to a given promise or word
  • To wait for, keep watch for.
  • To act as wicket-keeper.
  • To take care; to be solicitous; to watch.
  • To be in session; to take place.
  • To observe; to adhere to; to fulfill; not to swerve from or violate.
  • To visit (a place) often; to frequent.
  • To observe or celebrate (a holiday).


  • The main tower of a castle or fortress, located within the castle walls.
  • The food or money required to keep someone alive and healthy; one's support, maintenance.
  • The act or office of keeping; custody; guard; care; heed; charge; notice.
  • The state of being kept; hence, the resulting condition; case.
  • That which is kept in charge; a charge.
  • A cap for holding something, such as a journal box, in place.


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  • From Middle English kepen, from Old English cēpan, from Proto-Germanic *kōpijaną (compare West Frisian kypje), from Proto-Indo-European *ǵab-, *ǵāb- (compare Lithuanian žẽbti, Russian забо́та).

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