keep (v.) Old form(s): keepe, keepes
keep up, maintain, carry on
CE III.i.61[Adriana to all] Who is that at the door that keeps all this noise?
H5 I.ii.274[King Henry to Ambassador] tell the Dauphin I will keep my state
H8 I.iii.10[Lord Chamberlain to Sands, of the effect of France upon the English] they keep state so
JC I.ii.159[Cassius to Brutus, of Junius Brutus] would have brooked / Th'eternal devil to keep his state in Rome
MM I.iii.10[Duke to Friar Thomas] assemblies / Where youth and cost a witless bravery keeps
RJ II.iii.31[Friar to Romeo] Care keeps his watch in every old man's eye
RJ V.iii.16[Paris as if to Juliet] The obsequies that I for thee will keep / Nightly shall be to strew thy grave and weep
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