Keep

Keep

, n. 1. The act or office of keeping; custody; guard; care; heed; charge. Chaucer.
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Pan, thou god of shepherds all,
Which of our tender lambkins takest keep.
Spenser.
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2. The state of being kept; hence, the resulting condition; case; as, to be in good keep.
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3. The means or provisions by which one is kept; maintenance; support; as, the keep of a horse.
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Grass equal to the keep of seven cows.
Carlyle.
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I performed some services to the college in return for my keep.
T. Hughes.
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4. That which keeps or protects; a stronghold; a fortress; a castle; specifically, the strongest and securest part of a castle, often used as a place of residence by the lord of the castle, especially during a siege; the dungeon. See Illust. of Castle.
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The prison strong,
Within whose keep the captive knights were laid.
Dryden.
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The lower chambers of those gloomy keeps.
Hallam.
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I think . . . the keep, or principal part of a castle, was so called because the lord and his domestic circle kept, abode, or lived there.
M. A. Lower.
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5. That which is kept in charge; a charge. [Obs.]
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Often he used of his keep
A sacrifice to bring.
Spenser.
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6. (Mach.) A cap for retaining anything, as a journal box, in place.
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To take keep, to take care; to heed. [Obs.] Chaucer.
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