Keep and Release


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Keep verb – To continue to have in one's possession or power.
Usage example: keep my secret and don't tell it to anyone

Release is an antonym for keep in topics: delay, hold, commemorate, tend, prevent.
Nearby Words: keeping, keeper
Antonyms for Keep


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Release verb – To let go from office, service, or employment.
Usage example: they released the workers who couldn't handle the new technology

Keep is an antonym for release in topics: set free, let go.
Nearby Words: released, releasing
Antonyms for Release
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How words are described

sweet sweet keep sweet release
full full keep full release
specific specific keep specific release
complete complete keep complete release
Other adjectives: regular, original, proper, single, actual, massive, main, major.

Common collocations

power keep power release power
people keep people release people
hold keep hold release hold
control keep control release control
Other nouns: show, time, game, information, magic, powers.

Both words in one sentence

  • Series / FlashForward (2009) Instead, the new showrunners decided to keep him alive since John Cho had become popular following the release of the 2009 Star Trek, and the ratings needed all the help they could get.
  • Karadjoz refuses, claiming that "nowadays, we release the guilty ones and keep the innocent ones imprisoned".
  • The original release had exactly enough space to keep every named character, including these, and no more.
    Source: Player Mooks
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