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Keep (noun)

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Keep. n.s. [from the verb.]

  1. Custody; guard.

    Pan, thou god of shepherds all,
    Which of our lambkins takest keep;
    And when our flocks into mischance doth fall,
    Doest save from mischief the unwary sheep.
    Spenser.

                        The prison strong,
    Within whose keep the captive knights were laid:
    Was on partition of the palace-wall.
    Dryden.

  2. Guardianship; restraint.

    Youth is least looked into when they stand in most need of good keep and regard. Ascham.

Sources: Ascham, Roger (10) · Dryden, John (788) · Spenser, Edmund (254)

Attributes: Noun Substantive (1269)

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Cite this page: Johnson, Samuel. "Keep (noun)." A Dictionary of the English Language: A Digital Edition of the 1755 Classic by Samuel Johnson. Edited by Brandi Besalke. Last modified: February 17, 2014. http://johnsonsdictionaryonline.com/?p=3166.


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