keep up
verb Date: 15th century transitive verb to persist or persevere in <
kept up the good work
; also maintain, sustain <
keep standards up
intransitive verb 1. to keep adequately informed or up-to-date <
keep up on international affairs
2. to continue without interruption <
rain kept up all night
3. to maintain contact or relations with <
keep up with old friends

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • keep up — (with (someone/something)) 1. to stay level or equal with someone or something. I m too old or too tired and I just can t keep up. The little boy tried very hard to keep up with his older brother s accomplishments. 2. to move as quickly as… …   New idioms dictionary

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  • keep up — [v] maintain, sustain balance, compete, contend, continue, emulate, go on, hold on, keep pace, keep step, match, pace, persevere, preserve, rival, run with, vie; concepts 23,87,363 Ant. let go, neglect …   New thesaurus

  • keep up — ► keep up 1) move or progress at the same rate as someone or something else. 2) continue (a course of action). Main Entry: ↑keep …   English terms dictionary

  • keep up — index last, maintain (carry on), persevere, preserve, pursue (carry on), sustain (prolong) …   Law dictionary

  • keep up — phrasal verb Word forms keep up : present tense I/you/we/they keep up he/she/it keeps up present participle keeping up past tense kept up past participle kept up 1) a) [transitive] to continue to do something We re on a winning streak – hopefully …   English dictionary

  • keep up — Synonyms and related words: afford support, au courant, back, back up, be employed, bear, bear up, bolster, bolster up, brace, buoy up, buttress, carry, carry on, carry on business, conserve, continue, copyright, cradle, crutch, cushion, do… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • keep up — 1) PHRASAL VERB If you keep up with someone or something that is moving near you, you move at the same speed. [V P with n] She shook her head and started to walk on. He kept up with her. [Also V P] 2) PHRASAL VERB To keep up with something that… …   English dictionary

  • keep up — verb 1. maintain a required pace or level (Freq. 6) He could not keep up and dropped out of the race • Hyponyms: ↑keep step, ↑keep pace • Entailment: ↑compete, ↑vie, ↑contend …   Useful english dictionary

  • keep up — {v.} 1a. To go on; not stop; continue. * /The rain kept up for two days and the roads were flooded./ Compare: KEEP ON. 1b. To go on with (something); continue steadily; never stop. * /Mrs. Smith told John to keep up the good work./ * /The teacher …   Dictionary of American idioms

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