What does ‘keep’ mean?

The word ‘keep’ can mean many different things. As a verb, the meaning is to continue or retain possession.

For example:

  • Keep walking down the road then turn left. (continue)
  • He said I could keep the blue pen. (retain possession)

Keep is an irregular verb. The past tense is kept and the past participle is kept.

phrasal verbs with keep

Phrasal verbs with ‘keep’ include:

  • Keep around (have close)
  • Keep at (continue)
  • Keep away (not allowed near)
  • Keep back (don’t go to close)
  • Keep in (not allow out)
  • Keep in with (stay on good terms)
  • Keep off (don’t stand on)
  • Keep on (continue)
  • Keep out (not allowed near)
  • Keep from (stop someone doing something)​
  • Keep to (follow the rules)
  • Keep up (maintain a good pace)
  • Keep up with (at the same pace)
phrasal verbs with keep - Learn real life English online

Let’s learn the meaning of the phrasal verbs that contain the verb ‘keep’ in more detail and see some examples in use.

phrasal verbs with keep - keep around
phrasal verbs with keep - keep at
phrasal verbs with keep - keep away
phrasal verbs with keep - keep back
phrasal verbs with keep - keep from
phrasal verbs with keep - keep in
phrasal verbs with keep - keep in with - Learn real life English online
phrasal verbs with keep - keep off - Learn real life English online
phrasal verbs with keep - keep on - Learn real life English online
phrasal verbs with keep - keep out - Learn real life English online
phrasal verbs with keep - keep to - Learn real life English online
phrasal verbs with keep - keep up - Learn real life English online
phrasal verbs with keep - keep up with - Learn real life English online

You can download a table of phrasal verbs with keep below.

idioms with verbs – KEEP

Did you know that many idiomatic expressions (idioms) in English also contain a lot of verbs? Just like phrasal verbs, idioms are a major part of the English language (slang in particular). They are used constantly amongst native English speakers and are handy to know and understand.

Now you’ve learnt all the phrasal verbs with keep, how about learning the idioms with keep too?