keeping Meaning, Definition & Usage
noun conformity or harmony
- his behavior was not in keeping with the occasion
noun the responsibility of a guardian or keeper
- he left his car in my keeping
noun the act of retaining something
verb keep in a certain state, position, or activity; e.g., "keep clean"
hold; maintain; keep.
- hold in place
- She always held herself as a lady
- The students keep me on my toes
verb continue a certain state, condition, or activity
go along; keep; continue; proceed; go on.
- Keep on working!
- We continued to work into the night
- Keep smiling
- We went on working until well past midnight
verb retain possession of
hold on; keep.
- Can I keep my old stuffed animals?
- She kept her maiden name after she married
verb stop (someone or something) from doing something or being in a certain state
- We must prevent the cancer from spreading
- His snoring kept me from falling asleep
- Keep the child from eating the marbles
verb conform one's action or practice to
- keep appointments
- she never keeps her promises
- We kept to the original conditions of the contract
verb stick to correctly or closely
observe; maintain; keep.
- The pianist kept time with the metronome
- keep count
- I cannot keep track of all my employees
verb look after; be the keeper of; have charge of
- He keeps the shop when I am gone
verb maintain by writing regular records
- keep a diary
- maintain a record
- keep notes
verb supply with room and board
- He is keeping three women in the guest cottage
- keep boarders
verb allow to remain in a place or position or maintain a property or feature
retain; continue; keep on; keep.
- We cannot continue several servants any longer
- She retains a lawyer
- The family's fortune waned and they could not keep their household staff
- Our grant has run out and we cannot keep you on
- We kept the work going as long as we could
- She retained her composure
- this garment retains its shape even after many washings
verb supply with necessities and support
maintain; sustain; keep.
- She alone sustained her family
- The money will sustain our good cause
- There's little to earn and many to keep
verb fail to spoil or rot
stay fresh; keep.
- These potatoes keep for a long time
verb behave as expected during of holidays or rites
observe; celebrate; keep.
- Keep the commandments
- celebrate Christmas
- Observe Yom Kippur
verb keep under control; keep in check
keep back; restrain; hold back; keep.
- suppress a smile
- Keep your temper
- keep your cool
verb maintain in safety from injury, harm, or danger
- May God keep you
- She keeps a few chickens in the yard
- he keeps bees
verb retain rights to
save; keep; hold open; keep open.
- keep my job for me while I give birth
- keep my seat, please
- keep open the possibility of a merger
verb store or keep customarily
- Where do you keep your gardening tools?
verb have as a supply
- I always keep batteries in the freezer
- keep food for a week in the pantry
- She keeps a sixpack and a week's worth of supplies in the refrigerator
verb maintain for use and service
- I keep a car in the countryside
- She keeps an apartment in Paris for her shopping trips
verb hold and prevent from leaving
- The student was kept after school
verb prevent (food) from rotting
- preserved meats
- keep potatoes fresh
A holding; restraint; custody; guard; charge; care; preservation.
His happiness is in his own keeping. South.
Maintenance; support; provision; feed; as, the cattle have good. keeping
The work of many hands, which earns my keeping. Milton.
Conformity; congruity; harmony; consistency; as, these subjects are in. keepingwith each other
(Paint.) Harmony or correspondence between the different parts of a work of art; as, the foreground of this painting is not in. keeping Syn. -- Care; guardianship; custody; possession.
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