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  • v. To refrain from entering a place or condition.
  • v. To restrain someone or something from entering a place or condition.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. prevent from entering; shut out
  • v. remain outside


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  • This would prevent the aceto bacterias from getting in there and turning my mash into apple cider vinegar, and it would keep out undesirable yeasts as well.


  • What a fool is he who locks his door to keep out spirits, who has in his own bosom a spirit he dares not meet alone, -- whose voice, smothered far down, and piled over with mountains of earthliness, is yet like the forewarning trumpet of doom!

    Uncle Tom's cabin, or Life among the lowly

  • In addition to new yeast, I tightened up the rest of my proverbial ship, and purchased some better airlocks to keep out those acetobacteria.


  • "Thee'd better keep out of sight, with thy speechifying," said Phineas; "they're mean scamps."

    Uncle Tom's cabin, or Life among the lowly

  • He held his coat-lapels to his nose with one hand, to keep out the steam, and scrabbled around with the other till he found the joints of his flute, then he took measures to save himself alive, and was successful.

    Is Shakespeare Dead?

  • Before I could answer, Trevegg began to move slowly down the hill, crouching to keep out of sight.

    Promise of the Wolves

  • In Jalal-Abad you always kept your telephone covered with a cloth, not out of modesty or for security but to keep out the dust.


  • Recover the integrity of the precious hydrolipid barrier that enables the skin to retain water, fight wrinkles, and keep out harmful chemicals

    The Truth About Beauty

  • Its two win - dow [n] s, both placed in the south wall to prevent through ventila - tion, were covered with very fine screening, and fitted with woode [d] [n] shutters to keep out fresh air and sunlight.

    Manuscript Draft: Walter Reed: Doctor in Uniform, by Laura Wood, [19 -- ]

  • The ploy came close to unravelling when Gordon was forced to produce an excellent fingertip save to keep out Jones 'deflection from George Elokobi's long throw, and it came undone completely with 12 minutes left. news feed


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