keep up

keep up

  1. (transitive) To maintain; to preserve; to prevent from deteriorating.
    • 1992, The Daily Telegraph, London
      The NRA is pumping groundwater into the River Itchen in Hampshire to keep up its flow and is trying to save three streams, the Tong, the Little Stour and the Dour from going dry this summer.
  2. (transitive, idiomatic) To continue with (work, etc).
    • 1991, Tennis World, Sussex: Presswatch
      Keep up the good work of entertaining your fans on court Steffi; we know you can do it; your fans are behind you all the way.
    • 1991, Barty-King, Hugh, The worst poverty, Gloucester: Alan Sutton Publishing Ltd, pages 85-203
      If the borrower could no longer afford to keep up the payments, the longer he stayed in the home the more the interest bill mounted.''
  3. (intransitive, idiomatic) To stay even or ahead.
    They ran so fast I could hardly keep up.
  4. To ensure that one remains well-informed about something.
    ''I always try to keep up with (or "keep up on") current affairs.
Synonyms Translations Translations Translations
  • German: mithalten, Schritt halten
  • Italian: stare al passo
  • Portuguese: acompanhar, manter-se atualizado
  • Spanish: seguir, mantener el ritmo, ir al paso
  • Italian: rimanere aggiornato

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