Keep. n.s. [from the verb.]
- 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.
- Guardianship; restraint.
Youth is least looked into when they stand in most need of good keep and regard. Ascham.