keep on


keep on
1) see keep 7)
2) PHRASAL VERB If you keep someone on, you continue to employ them, for example after they are old enough to retire or after other employees have lost their jobs.

[V n P] Sometimes they keep you on a bit longer if there's no one quite ready to step into your shoes...

[V n P] A skeleton staff of 20 is being kept on. [Also V P n (not pron)]


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  • Keep — (k[=e]p), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Kept} (k[e^]pt); p. pr. & vb. n. {Keeping}.] [OE. k[=e]pen, AS. c[=e]pan to keep, regard, desire, await, take, betake; cf. AS. copenere lover, OE. copnien to desire.] 1. To care; to desire. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] I… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Keep — Keep, v. i. 1. To remain in any position or state; to continue; to abide; to stay; as, to keep at a distance; to keep aloft; to keep near; to keep in the house; to keep before or behind; to keep in favor; to keep out of company, or out reach.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Keep — Keep, n. 1. The act or office of keeping; custody; guard; care; heed; charge. Chaucer. [1913 Webster] Pan, thou god of shepherds all, Which of our tender lambkins takest keep. Spenser. [1913 Webster] 2. The state of being kept; hence, the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Keep — For other uses, see Keep (disambiguation). Donjon redirects here. For the role playing game of the same name, see Donjon (role playing game) …   Wikipedia

  • keep — I. verb (kept; keeping) Etymology: Middle English kepen, from Old English cēpan; perhaps akin to Old High German chapfēn to look Date: before 12th century transitive verb 1. to take notice of by appropriate conduct ; fulfill: as a. to be faithful …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • keep up — {v.} 1a. To go on; not stop; continue. * /The rain kept up for two days and the roads were flooded./ Compare: KEEP ON. 1b. To go on with (something); continue steadily; never stop. * /Mrs. Smith told John to keep up the good work./ * /The teacher …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • keep up — {v.} 1a. To go on; not stop; continue. * /The rain kept up for two days and the roads were flooded./ Compare: KEEP ON. 1b. To go on with (something); continue steadily; never stop. * /Mrs. Smith told John to keep up the good work./ * /The teacher …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • Keep On — Infobox Album | Name = Keep On Type = Album Artist = Will Young Released = November 21 2005 Recorded = 2005 Genre = Pop Length = 53:07 Label = Producer = Stephen Lipson Blair MacKichan Johnny Douglas Robin Thicke Pro J Dan Carey Nitin Sawhney… …   Wikipedia

  • KEEP — Infobox Radio station name = KEEP city = Bandera, Texas area = branding = slogan = Texas Rebel Radio the Fan airdate = 1981 04 28 (as KQRK) frequency = 103.1 MHz format = Album Adult Alternative power = erp = 3,500 watts haat = 131.0 meters class …   Wikipedia

  • keep up — verb Date: 15th century transitive verb to persist or persevere in < kept up the good work >; also maintain, sustain < keep standards up > intransitive verb 1. to keep adequately informed or up to date < keep up …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Keep It Up — Infobox Album Name = Keep it Up Type = Album Artist = Loverboy Released = 1983 Genre = Rock Length = 38:32 Label = Columbia Producer = Bruce Fairbairn Certification = 2 x Platinum Reviews = * Rolling Stone rating|2|5… …   Wikipedia


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