To continue to hold; to keep in possession; not to lose, part with, or dismiss; to retrain from departure, escape, or the like.
- To maintain possession of. See Synonyms at keep.
- To keep or hold in a particular place, condition, or position.
- To keep in mind; remember.
- To hire (an attorney, for example) by the payment of a fee.
- To keep in one's service or pay.