Talk:keep

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Keep from[edit]

Would keep from qualify as a derived term? —This comment was unsigned.

Yes, absolutely. --Connel MacKenzie 06:06, 13 December 2006 (UTC)

Missing senses?[edit]

There are a few meanings that I'm not sure are already covered:

  1. to keep in the sense of "keeping a promise"
  2. as in "How are you keeping?", (How are you?) --Hhaayyddnn 11:25, 9 October 2010 (UTC)
  3. I would add "it will keep" as in "it can wait", eg in John Wyndham's Meteor: "I'm not going to have my dinner kept waiting and spoiled. Whatever it is, it will keep." (Also cf eg [1].) --Droigheann (talk) 12:40, 7 December 2014 (UTC)
I think the promise is sense 1: "not to intermit or fall from; to maintain"; we already have "keep one's word" as an example there. Your second one, "how are you keeping?", seems to be part of the third supersense ("to hold or be held in a state"), but it's hard to say which subsense would apply. The third sense (food will keep) is 3.3: "to remain edible or otherwise usable". Equinox 16:09, 7 December 2014 (UTC)
Um... I should have expanded on the context: it's not the dinner that's supposed to "keep", it's an action that's supposed to "keep" while they are eating the dinner. --Droigheann (talk) 19:53, 13 December 2014 (UTC)