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 for To take keep
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Keep \Keep\, n.
     1. The act or office of keeping; custody; guard; care; heed;
        charge. --Chaucer.
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              Pan, thou god of shepherds all,
              Which of our tender lambkins takest keep. --Spenser.
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     2. The state of being kept; hence, the resulting condition;
        case; as, to be in good keep.
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     3. The means or provisions by which one is kept; maintenance;
        support; as, the keep of a horse.
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              Grass equal to the keep of seven cows. --Carlyle.
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              I performed some services to the college in return
              for my keep.                          --T. Hughes.
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     4. That which keeps or protects; a stronghold; a fortress; a
        castle; specifically, the strongest and securest part of a
        castle, often used as a place of residence by the lord of
        the castle, especially during a siege; the dungeon. See
        Illust. of Castle.
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              The prison strong,
              Within whose keep the captive knights were laid.
                                                    --Dryden.
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              The lower chambers of those gloomy keeps. --Hallam.
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              I think . . . the keep, or principal part of a
              castle, was so called because the lord and his
              domestic circle kept, abode, or lived there. --M. A.
                                                    Lower.
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     5. That which is kept in charge; a charge. [Obs.]
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              Often he used of his keep
              A sacrifice to bring.                 --Spenser.
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     6. (Mach.) A cap for retaining anything, as a journal box, in
        place.
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     To take keep, to take care; to heed. [Obs.] --Chaucer.
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