1. To treat with tenderness and affection; to nurture with care; to protect and aid.
2. To hold dear; to embrace with interest; to indulge; to encourage; to foster; to promote.
To use cautiously and frugally; SYN. husband, economize, economise.
To act as curator of
Alternate (chiefly British) spelling of economize.
ETYM Written also economise.
(Alternate spelling: economise).
1. To manage with economy; to use with prudence; to expend with frugality.
2. To save money; to set aside funds.
2. To keep or ward off; repel — often used with off
3 dialect British; to provide for; support
4. dialect British; to make an effort; struggle
5. To try to get along without help; shift
6. To provide a livelihood
(Irregular preterit, past participle: kept).
1. To retain possession of; SYN. hold on.
2. To keep in a certain state, position, or activity; e.g.,; SYN. maintain, hold.
3. To look after; be the keeper of; have charge of.
4. To maintain by writing regular records; SYN. maintain.
5. To maintain in safety form injury, harm, or danger; SYN. preserve.
6. To maintain or support.
7. To fail to spoil or rot; SYN. stay fresh.
1. To keep in order by police.
2. To keep in order, as if by police.
3. To make clean; to clean up
1. To keep in perfect or unaltered condition; SYN. maintain, keep up.
2. To prevent from rotting, of foods
1. To escort safely.
2. To make safe.
1. To exhibit an inclination or tendency; SYN. lean, incline.
2. To have a tendency or disposition to do or be something; be inclined; SYN. lean, incline, run.
3. To keep watch on
4. To tend to something or somebody.
(Irregular preterit, past participle: woke, woken).
1. To be awake, be alert, be there; SYN. awaken; wake up.
2. To awaken; to rouse from sleep; SYN. rouse; stir.
Watch kept over the body of a dead person during the night before their funeral; it originated in Anglo-Saxon times as the eve before a festival.
1. To keep watch over; guard
2. To turn aside (something threatening); deflect — usually used with off
ETYM Cf. as. woeccan, wacian. Related to Watch, Wake.
1. To see or view; SYN. view, see, catch, take in.
2. To observe with attention; SYN. look on.
3. To look attentively.
4. To follow with the eyes or the mind; SYN. observe, follow, watch over, keep an eye on.
5. To be vigilant, be on the lookout, be on one's guard, be careful; SYN. look out, watch out.
To be cautiously observant of; to inspect, superintend, and guard.