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English Phrasal Verbs

Phrasal Verbs with KEEP

Phrasal Verb Meaning Example
Keep around Keep something near you, within a short distance. "You can use my dictionary. I always like to keep one around"
Keep at Persevere; continue. "Sergio's father encouraged him to keep at his studies."
Keep away Prevent someone from going somewhere. "The accident kept him away from work for a few weeks."
Keep back Retain; force to stay at a certain distance. “A barrier will be installed to keep back the fans.”
Keep down Stop from increasing; keep at a low level. "We are trying to keep down our electricity bill."
Keep down Eat food without vomiting. "My mother is very ill; she can’t keep down any food."
Keep from Prevent yourself from doing something; control yourself. "It was so sad that it was hard to keep from crying."
Keep in Retain; not let someone or something out. "We keep in the dog when the postman arrives."
Keep out Force to stay outside; not let someone or something in. "Close the kitchen door! The cat and the dog must be kept out!"
Keep in with Stay on good terms with someone. "It's preferable to keep in with your colleagues."
Keep off Not tread/walk on something. "Visitors are requested to keep off the grass."
Keep off Avoid talking about something. "Her son is a soldier, so let’s keep off the subject of war."
Keep off Stay away from something. "To lose weight it is recommended to keep off sweets and cakes."
Keep out of Not become involved in something. "My dad always keeps out of arguments about politics."
Keep to Stick to something. "We’re tied to time so let’s keep to the agenda."
Keep up Continue to do something. "You’re doing very well. Keep up the good work!"
Keep (someone) up Prevent someone from going to bed. "It’s getting late. I don’t want to keep you up!"
Keep up with Progress at the same rate/not fall behind. "The child finds it hard to keep up with the others."

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