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English verb: keep on

1. keep on (social) allow to remain in a place or position or maintain a property or feature

SamplesWe 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.
She retained her composure.
This garment retains its shape even after many washings.

Synonymscontinue, keep, retain

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)keep up, prolong, sustain

Verb groupcontinue, persist in

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