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English verb: keep up

1. keep up (competition) maintain a required pace or level

SamplesHe could not keep up and dropped out of the race.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s

Narrower (hyponym)keep pace, keep step

Entailcompete, contend, vie

2. keep up (stative) lengthen or extend in duration or space

SamplesWe sustained the diplomatic negotiations as long as possible.
Prolong the treatment of the patient.
Keep up the good work.

Synonymsprolong, sustain

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)bear on, carry on, continue, preserve, uphold

Narrower (hyponym)continue, keep, keep on, retain

3. keep up (possession) keep in safety and protect from harm, decay, loss, or destruction

SamplesWe preserve these archeological findings.
The old lady could not keep up the building.
Children must be taught to conserve our national heritage.
The museum curator conserved the ancient manuscripts.

Synonymsconserve, maintain, preserve

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)keep

Narrower (hyponym)embalm, hold the line, plastinate

4. keep up (change) keep informed

SamplesHe kept up on his country's foreign policies.

Synonymsfollow, keep abreast

Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s PP

Verb groupfollow, trace

5. keep up (body) prevent from going to bed at night

SamplesThe anticipation of the trip kept the children up all night.
I kept myself up all night studying for the exam.

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

Causesit up, stay up

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