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Continue vs. Keep

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  • Continue (verb)

    To proceed with doing an activity; to prolong an activity.

    "Shall I continue speaking, or will you just interrupt me again?"

    "Do you want me to continue to unload these?"

  • Continue (verb)

    To make last; to prolong.

  • Continue (verb)

    To retain someone or something in a given state, position, etc.

  • Continue (verb)

    To remain in a given place or condition; to remain in connection with; to abide; to stay.

  • Continue (verb)

    To resume.

    "When will the concert continue?"

  • Continue (verb)

    To adjourn, prorogue, put off.

    "This meeting has been continued to the thirteenth of July."

  • Continue (verb)

    To make a continuation bet.

  • Continue (noun)

    An option allowing a gamer to resume play after game over, when all lives have been lost.

  • Continue (noun)

    A statement which causes a loop to start executing the next iteration, skipping the statements following it.

  • Keep (verb)

    To continue in (a course or mode of action); not to intermit or fall from; to uphold or maintain.

    "to keep silence;"

    "to keep one's word;"

    "to keep possession"

  • Keep (verb)

    To hold the status of something.

  • Keep (verb)

    To maintain possession of.

    "I keep a small stock of painkillers for emergencies."

  • Keep (verb)

    To maintain the condition of.

    "I keep my specimens under glass to protect them."

    "The abundance of squirrels kept the dogs running for hours."

  • Keep (verb)

    To record transactions, accounts, or events in.

    "I used to keep a diary."

  • Keep (verb)

    To enter (accounts, records, etc.) in a book.

  • Keep (verb)

    To remain in, to be confined to.

  • Keep (verb)

    To restrain.

    "ux|en|I keep my brother out of trouble by keeping him away from his friends and hard at work."

  • Keep (verb)

    To watch over, look after, guard, protect.

    "May the Lord keep you from harm."

  • Keep (verb)

    To supply with necessities and financially support a person.

    "He kept a mistress for over ten years."

  • Keep (verb)

    To raise; to care for.

    "He has been keeping orchids since retiring."

  • Keep (verb)

    To maintain (an establishment or institution); to conduct; to manage.

  • Keep (verb)

    To hold or be held in a state.

  • Keep (verb)

    To have habitually in stock for sale.

  • Keep (verb)

    To reside for a time; to lodge; to dwell.

    "She kept to her bed while the fever lasted."

  • Keep (verb)

    To continue.

    "I keep taking the tablets, but to no avail."

  • Keep (verb)

    To remain edible or otherwise usable.

    "Potatoes can keep if they are in a root cellar."

    "Latex paint won't keep indefinitely."

  • Keep (verb)

    To wait for, keep watch for.

  • Keep (verb)

    To act as wicket-keeper.

    "Godfrey Evans kept for England for many years."

  • Keep (verb)

    To take care; to be solicitous; to watch.

  • Keep (verb)

    To be in session; to take place.

    "School keeps today."

  • Keep (verb)

    To observe; to adhere to; to fulfill; not to swerve from or violate.

  • Keep (verb)

    To confine oneself to; not to quit; to remain in.

    "to keep one's house, room, bed, etc."

  • Keep (verb)

    To visit (a place) often; to frequent.

  • Keep (noun)

    Care, notice

  • Keep (noun)

    The main tower of a castle or fortress, located within the castle walls.

    "donjon"

  • Keep (noun)

    The food or money required to keep someone alive and healthy; one's support, maintenance.

    "He works as a cobbler's apprentice for his keep."

  • Keep (noun)

    The act or office of keeping; custody; guard; care; heed; charge.

  • Keep (noun)

    The state of being kept; hence, the resulting condition; case.

    "to be in good keep"

  • Keep (noun)

    That which is kept in charge; a charge.

  • Keep (noun)

    A cap for holding something, such as a journal box, in place.

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  • Continue (verb)

    To remain in a given place or condition; to remain in connection with; to abide; to stay.

  • Continue (verb)

    To be permanent or durable; to endure; to last.

  • Continue (verb)

    To be steadfast or constant in any course; to persevere; to abide; to endure; to persist; to keep up or maintain a particular condition, course, or series of actions; as, the army continued to advance.

  • Continue

    To unite; to connect.

  • Continue

    To protract or extend in duration; to preserve or persist in; to cease not.

  • Continue

    To carry onward or extend; to prolong or produce; to add to or draw out in length.

  • Continue

    To retain; to suffer or cause to remain; as, the trustees were continued; also, to suffer to live.

  • Keep

    To care; to desire.

  • Keep

    To hold; to restrain from departure or removal; not to let go of; to retain in one's power or possession; not to lose; to retain; to detain.

  • Keep

    To cause to remain in a given situation or condition; to maintain unchanged; to hold or preserve in any state or tenor.

  • Keep

    To have in custody; to have in some place for preservation; to take charge of.

  • Keep

    To preserve from danger, harm, or loss; to guard.

  • Keep

    To preserve from discovery or publicity; not to communicate, reveal, or betray, as a secret.

  • Keep

    To attend upon; to have the care of; to tend.

  • Keep

    To record transactions, accounts, or events in; as, to keep books, a journal, etc.; also, to enter (as accounts, records, etc. ) in a book.

  • Keep

    To maintain, as an establishment, institution, or the like; to conduct; to manage; as, to keep store.

  • Keep

    To supply with necessaries of life; to entertain; as, to keep boarders.

  • Keep

    To have in one's service; to have and maintain, as an assistant, a servant, a mistress, a horse, etc.

  • Keep

    To have habitually in stock for sale.

  • Keep

    To continue in, as a course or mode of action; not to intermit or fall from; to hold to; to maintain; as, to keep silence; to keep one's word; to keep possession.

  • Keep

    To observe; to adhere to; to fulfill; not to swerve from or violate; to practice or perform, as duty; not to neglect; to be faithful to.

  • Keep

    To confine one's self to; not to quit; to remain in; as, to keep one's house, room, bed, etc.; hence, to haunt; to frequent.

  • Keep

    To observe duly, as a festival, etc.; to celebrate; to solemnize; as, to keep a feast.

  • Keep (verb)

    To remain in any position or state; to continue; to abide; to stay; as, to keep at a distance; to keep aloft; to keep near; to keep in the house; to keep before or behind; to keep in favor; to keep out of company, or out reach.

  • Keep (verb)

    To last; to endure; to remain unimpaired.

  • Keep (verb)

    To reside for a time; to lodge; to dwell.

  • Keep (verb)

    To take care; to be solicitous; to watch.

  • Keep (verb)

    To be in session; as, school keeps to-day.

  • Keep (noun)

    The act or office of keeping; custody; guard; care; heed; charge.

  • Keep (noun)

    The state of being kept; hence, the resulting condition; case; as, to be in good keep.

  • Keep (noun)

    The means or provisions by which one is kept; maintenance; support; as, the keep of a horse.

  • Keep (noun)

    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.

  • Keep (noun)

    That which is kept in charge; a charge.

  • Keep (noun)

    A cap for retaining anything, as a journal box, in place.

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  • Continue (verb)

    continue a certain state, condition, or activity;

    "Keep on working!"

    "We continued to work into the night"

    "Keep smiling"

    "We went on working until well past midnight"

  • Continue (verb)

    continue with one's activities;

    "I know it's hard,"

    "but there is no choice"

    "carry on--pretend we are not in the room"

  • Continue (verb)

    keep or maintain in unaltered condition; cause to remain or last;

    "preserve the peace in the family"

    "continue the family tradition"

    "Carry on the old traditions"

  • Continue (verb)

    move ahead; travel onward in time or space;

    "We proceeded towards Washington"

    "She continued in the direction of the hills"

    "We are moving ahead in time now"

  • Continue (verb)

    allow to remain in a place or position;

    "We cannot continue several servants any longer"

    "She retains a lawyer"

    "The family's fortune waned and they could not keep their household staff"

    "Our grant has run out and we cannot keep you on"

    "We kept the work going as long as we could"

  • Continue (verb)

    carry forward;

    "We continued our research into the cause of the illness"

  • Continue (verb)

    continue after an interruption;

    "The demonstration continued after a break for lunch"

  • Continue (verb)

    continue in a place, position, or situation;

    "After graduation, she stayed on in Cambridge as a student adviser"

    "Stay with me, please"

    "despite student protests, he remained Dean for another year"

    "She continued as deputy mayor for another year"

  • Continue (verb)

    exist over a prolonged period of time;

    "The bad weather continued for two more weeks"

  • Keep (noun)

    the financial means whereby one lives;

    "each child was expected to pay for their keep"

    "he applied to the state for support"

    "he could no longer earn his own livelihood"

  • Keep (noun)

    the main tower within the walls of a medieval castle or fortress

  • Keep (noun)

    a cell in a jail or prison

  • Keep (verb)

    keep in a certain state, position, or activity; e.g.,

    "keep clean"

    "hold in place"

    "She always held herself as a lady"

    "The students keep me on my toes"

  • Keep (verb)

    continue a certain state, condition, or activity;

    "Keep on working!"

    "We continued to work into the night"

    "Keep smiling"

    "We went on working until well past midnight"

  • Keep (verb)

    retain possession of;

    "Can I keep my old stuffed animals?"

    "She kept her maiden name after she married"

  • Keep (verb)

    prevent from doing something or being in a certain state;

    "We must prevent the cancer from spreading"

    "His snoring kept me from falling asleep"

    "Keep the child from eating the marbles"

  • Keep (verb)

    conform one's action or practice to;

    "keep appointments"

    "she never keeps her promises"

    "We kept to the original conditions of the contract"

  • Keep (verb)

    observe correctly or closely;

    "The pianist kept time with the metronome"

    "keep count"

    "I cannot keep track of all my employees"

  • Keep (verb)

    look after; be the keeper of; have charge of;

    "He keeps the shop when I am gone"

  • Keep (verb)

    maintain by writing regular records;

    "keep a diary"

    "maintain a record"

    "keep notes"

  • Keep (verb)

    supply with room and board;

    "He is keeping three women in the guest cottage"

    "keep boarders"

  • Keep (verb)

    allow to remain in a place or position;

    "We cannot continue several servants any longer"

    "She retains a lawyer"

    "The family's fortune waned and they could not keep their household staff"

    "Our grant has run out and we cannot keep you on"

    "We kept the work going as long as we could"

  • Keep (verb)

    supply with necessities and support;

    "She alone sustained her family"

    "The money will sustain our good cause"

    "There's little to earn and many to keep"

  • Keep (verb)

    fail to spoil or rot;

    "These potatoes keep for a long time"

  • Keep (verb)

    celebrate, as of holidays or rites;

    "Keep the commandments"

    "celebrate Christmas"

    "Observe Yom Kippur"

  • Keep (verb)

    keep under control; keep in check;

    "suppress a smile"

    "Keep your temper"

    "keep your cool"

  • Keep (verb)

    maintain in safety from injury, harm, or danger;

    "May God keep you"

  • Keep (verb)

    raise;

    "She keeps a few chickens in the yard"

    "he keeps bees"

  • Keep (verb)

    retain rights to;

    "keep my job for me while I give birth"

    "keep my seat, please"

    "keep open the possibility of a merger"

  • Keep (verb)

    store or keep customarily;

    "Where do you keep your gardening tools?"

  • Keep (verb)

    have as a supply;

    "I always keep batteries in the freezer"

    "keep food for a week in the pantry"

    "She keeps a sixpack and a week's worth of supplies in the refrigerator"

  • Keep (verb)

    maintain for use and service;

    "I keep a car in the countryside"

    "She keeps an apartment in Paris for her shopping trips"

  • Keep (verb)

    hold and prevent from leaving;

    "The student was kept after school"

  • Keep (verb)

    prevent (food) from rotting;

    "preserved meats"

    "keep potatoes fresh"

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