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keep on (2)

Meaning: If you keep somebody on, you continue to employ them.

Synonym: retain (formal)

For example:

  • keep sb on If I could, I'd keep everybody on, but unfortunately we can't afford to pay all our staff at the moment.

  • keep on sb We'll do our best to keep on everyone who's been here for over five years.

  • be kept on Only the most important people were kept on while the company was being restructured.

Quick Quiz:

The company couldn't keep everyone on, so some of their workers
  1. had their salaries cut
  2. lost their bonuses
  3. lost their jobs

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