keep up

Meaning(s)

1. maintain the same pace as sb/sth

Popularity

High

Professional

High

Social

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keep up with sth, can't keep up

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To keep up means to progress or move at the same speed or rate as someone or something else. "I couldn't keep up with the others during the run." "My neighbours all try to keep up with each other, if one family buys a new car, the other home will have a new one within a couple of weeks." It can also mean to maintain a commitment or do or pay something regularly. "I struggled for the past few weeks to keep up the payments on my car." "We keep up with our appointments each month." This phrasal verb can be used in professional and social contexts.

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  1. Keep up, will you? We need to hurry!
  2. Please slow down, I can't keep up with you!
  3. I find mathematics really difficult. I just can't keep up with all the formulas.
  4. If you want to be successful in academia, you have to keep up with the latest research.

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  1. We offer free books and magazine subscriptions so that our employees can keep up with trends and research in our industry.
  2. There have been so many changes to company policy in the last few months it is hard to keep up. We need a centralised place where people can go to for up to date information.

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