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- (intransitive) To refrain from entering a place or condition.
- After being warned, he kept out.
- (transitive) To restrain someone or something from entering a place or condition.
2013 June 1, “End of the peer show”, The Economist, volume 407, number 8838, page 71:
- Finance is seldom romantic. But the idea of peer-to-peer lending comes close. This is an industry that brings together individual savers and lenders on online platforms. […] Banks and credit-card firms are kept out of the picture. Talk to enough people in the field and someone is bound to mention the “democratisation of finance”.
- The warning kept him out.
Often seen, as imperative, on a sign posted as an attempt to prevent entry or access to a place.