1. the main tower within the walls of a medieval castle or fortress

    Synonyms : donjon, dungeon
    Type Of : stronghold, fastness
  2. maintain by writing regular records

    Synonyms : maintain
    Type Of : enter, record, put down
    Examples :
    • keep a diary
    • keep notes
  3. conform one's action or practice to

    Synonyms : observe
    Antonyms : break
    Examples :
    • keep appointments
    • she never keeps her promises
  4. continue a certain state, condition, or activity

    Synonyms : continue, go along, go on, proceed
    Type Of : act, move
  5. maintain in safety from injury, harm, or danger

    Synonyms : preserve
    Type Of : protect
    Examples :
    • May God keep you
  6. the financial means whereby one lives

    Synonyms : bread and butter, livelihood, living, support, sustenance
    Type Of : resource
    Examples :
    • each child was expected to pay for their keep
  7. behave as expected during of holidays or rites

    Synonyms : celebrate, observe
  8. prevent the action or expression of

    Synonyms : hold back, keep back, restrain
    Examples :
    • keep your cool
  9. stop (someone or something) from doing something or being in a certain state

    Synonyms : prevent
  10. retain possession of

    Synonyms : hold on
    Antonyms : lose
    Type Of : have got, have, hold
    Examples :
    • Can I keep my old stuffed animals?
  11. supply with necessities and support

    Synonyms : maintain, sustain
    Type Of : have got, have, hold
    Examples :
    • There's little to earn and many to keep
  12. stick to correctly or closely

    Synonyms : maintain, observe
    Examples :
    • keep count
    • I cannot keep track of all my employees
  13. retain rights to

    Synonyms : hold open, keep open, save
    Type Of : hold, reserve, book
    Examples :
    • keep my job for me while I give birth
    • keep my seat, please
    • keep open the possibility of a merger
  14. fail to spoil or rot

    Synonyms : stay fresh
    Type Of : remain, stay, rest
    Examples :
    • These potatoes keep for a long time
  15. a cell in a jail or prison

    Synonyms : hold
    Type Of : prison cell, jail cell, cell
  16. prevent (food) from rotting

    Synonyms : preserve
    Type Of : prepare, make, fix, cook, ready
    Examples :
    • keep potatoes fresh
  17. cause to continue in a certain state, position, or activity; e.g., `keep clean'

    Synonyms : hold, maintain
    Examples :
    • The students keep me on my toes
  18. maintain for use and service

    Synonyms : maintain
    Type Of : have, hold, have got
    Examples :
    • I keep a car in the countryside
    • She keeps an apartment in Paris for her shopping trips
  19. allow to remain in a place or position or maintain a property or feature

    Synonyms : continue, keep on, retain
    Type Of : sustain, prolong, keep up
    Examples :
    • The family's fortune waned and they could not keep their household staff
    • Our grant has run out and we cannot keep you on
  20. have as a supply

    Type Of : have got, hold, have
    Examples :
    • I always keep batteries in the freezer
    • keep food for a week in the pantry
    • She keeps a sixpack and a week's worth of supplies in the refrigerator
  21. hold and prevent from leaving

    Type Of : detain, confine
  22. look after; be the keeper of; have charge of

    Type Of : have, have got, hold
    Examples :
    • He keeps the shop when I am gone
  23. raise

    Type Of : farm, raise, grow, produce
    Examples :
    • She keeps a few chickens in the yard
    • he keeps bees
  24. store or keep customarily

    Type Of : store
    Examples :
    • Where do you keep your gardening tools?
  25. supply with room and board

    Type Of : lodge, accommodate
    Examples :
    • He is keeping three women in the guest cottage
    • keep boarders


  1. (anthropology) relatedness or connection by blood or marriage or adoption

    Synonyms : family relationship, relationship
    Type Of : relation
  2. a close connection marked by community of interests or similarity in nature or character

    Synonyms : affinity
    Type Of : relation
    Examples :
    • felt a deep kinship with the other students
    • anthropology's kinship with the humanities


  1. take away to an undisclosed location against their will and usually in order to extract a ransom

    Synonyms : abduct, nobble, snatch
    Type Of : seize
    Examples :
    • The industrialist's son was kidnapped


  1. a person having kinship with another or others

    Synonyms : family, kinsperson
    Type Of : relative, relation
    Examples :
    • he's kin
  2. group of people related by blood or marriage

    Synonyms : clan, kin group, kindred, kinship group, tribe
    Type Of : social group
  3. related by blood

    Synonyms : akin, blood-related, cognate, consanguine, consanguineal, consanguineous


  1. bolt that provides a steering joint in a motor vehicle

    Synonyms : kingbolt, swivel pin
    Type Of : bolt
  2. the most important person in a group or undertaking

    Synonyms : bigwig, top banana
    Type Of : important person, influential person, personage
  3. the front bowling pin in the triangular arrangement of ten pins

    Synonyms : headpin
    Type Of : bowling pin, pin


  1. soft lump or unevenness in a yarn; either an imperfection or created by design

    Synonyms : burl, slub
    Type Of : roughness, raggedness
  2. tangle or complicate

    Synonyms : ravel, tangle
    Antonyms : unknot
    Type Of : lace, intertwine, entwine, enlace, twine, interlace
  3. something twisted and tight and swollen

    Synonyms : gnarl
    Type Of : distortion, distorted shape
    Examples :
    • their muscles stood out in knots
    • his stomach was in knots
  4. a sandpiper that breeds in the Arctic and winters in the southern hemisphere

    Synonyms : calidris canutus, grayback, greyback
    Type Of : sandpiper
  5. a hard cross-grained round piece of wood in a board where a branch emerged

    Type Of : wood
    Examples :
    • the saw buckled when it hit a knot
  6. any of various fastenings formed by looping and tying a rope (or cord) upon itself or to another rope or to another object

    Type Of : fastener, fixing, holdfast, fastening
  7. a tight cluster of people or things

    Type Of : clump, clustering, cluster, bunch
    Examples :
    • a small knot of women listened to his sermon
    • the bird had a knot of feathers forming a crest
  8. make into knots; make knots out of

    Type Of : create from raw stuff, create from raw material
    Examples :
    • She knotted her fingers
  9. (of ships and wind) a unit of speed equal to one nautical mile per hour or about 1.15 statute miles per hour

    Type Of : rate
  10. tie or fasten into a knot

    Type Of : tie, bind
    Examples :
    • knot the shoelaces


  1. a male sovereign; ruler of a kingdom

    Synonyms : male monarch, rex
    Antonyms : queen
    Type Of : monarch, crowned head, sovereign
  2. a competitor who holds a preeminent position

    Synonyms : queen, world-beater
    Type Of : contender, rival, challenger, competition, competitor
  3. a very wealthy or powerful businessman

    Synonyms : baron, big businessman, business leader, magnate, mogul, power, top executive, tycoon
    Type Of : businessman, man of affairs
  4. United States guitar player and singer of the blues (born in 1925)

    Synonyms : b. b. king, riley b king
  5. United States woman tennis player (born in 1943)

    Synonyms : billie jean king, billie jean moffitt king
  6. United States charismatic civil rights leader and Baptist minister who campaigned against the segregation of Blacks (1929-1968)

    Synonyms : martin luther king, martin luther king jr.
  7. a checker that has been moved to the opponent's first row where it is promoted to a piece that is free to move either forward or backward

    Type Of : checker, chequer
  8. (chess) the weakest but the most important piece

    Type Of : chess piece, chessman
  9. one of the four playing cards in a deck bearing the picture of a king

    Type Of : court card, picture card, face card
  10. preeminence in a particular category or group or field

    Type Of : note, distinction, preeminence, eminence
    Examples :
    • the lion is the king of beasts


  1. excessively garish or sentimental art; usually considered in bad taste

    Type Of : art, fine art


  1. a coral reef off the southern coast of Florida

    Synonyms : cay, florida key
    Type Of : coral reef
  2. identify as in botany or biology, for example

    Synonyms : describe, discover, distinguish, identify, key out, name
  3. (basketball) a space (including the foul line) in front of the basket at each end of a basketball court; usually painted a different color from the rest of the court

    Synonyms : paint
    Type Of : space
    Examples :
    • he hit a jump shot from the top of the key
  4. any of 24 major or minor diatonic scales that provide the tonal framework for a piece of music

    Synonyms : tonality
    Type Of : musical notation
  5. United States lawyer and poet who wrote a poem after witnessing the British attack on Baltimore during the War of 1812; the poem was later set to music and entitled `The Star-Spangled Banner' (1779-1843)

    Synonyms : francis scott key
  6. mechanical device used to wind another device that is driven by a spring (as a clock)

    Synonyms : winder
    Type Of : mechanical device
  7. the central building block at the top of an arch or vault

    Synonyms : headstone, keystone
    Type Of : building block
  8. serving as an essential component

    Synonyms : cardinal, central, fundamental, primal
  9. a winged often one-seed indehiscent fruit as of the ash or elm or maple

    Synonyms : key fruit, samara
    Type Of : achene
  10. a generic term for any device whose possession entitles the holder to a means of access

    Type Of : positive identification
    Examples :
    • a safe-deposit box usually requires two keys to open it
  11. a kilogram of a narcotic drug

    Type Of : kilogram, kg, kilo
    Examples :
    • they were carrying two keys of heroin
  12. a lever (as in a keyboard) that actuates a mechanism when depressed

    Type Of : lever
  13. a list of answers to a test

    Type Of : list, listing
    Examples :
    • some students had stolen the key to the final exam
  14. a list of words or phrases that explain symbols or abbreviations

    Type Of : listing, list
  15. harmonize with or adjust to

    Type Of : harmonize, harmonise, reconcile
    Examples :
    • key one's actions to the voters' prevailing attitude
  16. metal device shaped in such a way that when it is inserted into the appropriate lock the lock's mechanism can be rotated

    Type Of : device
  17. pitch of the voice

    Type Of : pitch
    Examples :
    • he spoke in a low key
  18. provide with a key

    Type Of : render, supply, furnish, provide
    Examples :
    • We were keyed after the locks were changed in the building
  19. regulate the musical pitch of

    Type Of : harmonize, harmonise, chord
  20. something crucial for explaining

    Type Of : explanation
    Examples :
    • the key to development is economic integration
  21. vandalize a car by scratching the sides with a key

    Type Of : vandalise, vandalize
    Examples :
    • His new Mercedes was keyed last night in the parking lot


  1. something of sentimental value

    Synonyms : relic, souvenir, token
    Type Of : object, physical object