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keep to (something)

1. To adhere to something, such as a plan or a rule; to stick to something. Please keep to the plan, and everything will go smoothly. How can I trust you if you never keep to your promises?
2. To ensure something remains adherent to or in line with something. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "keep" and "to." They brought in a new manager to keep the project to schedule.
3. To ensure something remains in some condition or style. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "keep" and "to." Please keep your report to straightforward prose. There's no need for such flamboyant or descriptive language.
4. To ensure something remains at some level or amount (of something). In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "keep" and "to." We're trying to keep the noise to a minimum while Ben recovers in bed. I found it hard keeping the essay to just 4,000 words.
5. To remain within or not go away from some specific area, typically because of some restriction. Keep to the front yard, kids—I don't want to see you running in the street. The princess hated that she always had to keep to the castle.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

keep to something

to adhere to an agreement; to follow a plan; to keep a promise. Please keep to the agreed-upon plan. Can you keep to what we agreed on?
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

keep to

1. Adhere to, conform to, as in Let's keep to the original purpose of this will. [Early 1600s]
2. Confine oneself to, as in Whenever she didn't feel well, she kept to her bed. Also see keep to oneself.
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

keep to

v.
1. To refrain from venturing away from some place or activity: Because of the rain, the kids mostly kept to their rooms.
2. To adhere to some plan; stick with something: We should ignore these new projects and keep to the original purpose of our organization.
3. To remain private, unsociable, or uncommunicative. Used reflexively: The people at the party were not very friendly, so I kept to myself.
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

keep to (oneself)

1. To shun the company of others: She kept to herself all morning.
2. To refrain from divulging: He kept the news to himself.
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American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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