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keeping Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. noun conformity or harmony
    • his behavior was not in keeping with the occasion
  2. noun the responsibility of a guardian or keeper
    safekeeping; guardianship.
    • he left his car in my keeping
  3. noun the act of retaining something
    holding; retention.
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. verb retain possession of
    hold on; keep.
    • Can I keep my old stuffed animals?
    • She kept her maiden name after she married
  7. verb stop (someone or something) from doing something or being in a certain state
    prevent; keep.
    • We must prevent the cancer from spreading
    • His snoring kept me from falling asleep
    • Keep the child from eating the marbles
  8. verb conform one's action or practice to
    observe; keep.
    • keep appointments
    • she never keeps her promises
    • We kept to the original conditions of the contract
  9. 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
  10. verb look after; be the keeper of; have charge of
    • He keeps the shop when I am gone
  11. verb maintain by writing regular records
    maintain; keep.
    • keep a diary
    • maintain a record
    • keep notes
  12. verb supply with room and board
    • He is keeping three women in the guest cottage
    • keep boarders
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. verb fail to spoil or rot
    stay fresh; keep.
    • These potatoes keep for a long time
  16. verb behave as expected during of holidays or rites
    observe; celebrate; keep.
    • Keep the commandments
    • celebrate Christmas
    • Observe Yom Kippur
  17. verb keep under control; keep in check
    keep back; restrain; hold back; keep.
    • suppress a smile
    • Keep your temper
    • keep your cool
  18. verb maintain in safety from injury, harm, or danger
    preserve; keep.
    • May God keep you
  19. verb raise
    • She keeps a few chickens in the yard
    • he keeps bees
  20. 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
  21. verb store or keep customarily
    • Where do you keep your gardening tools?
  22. 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
  23. verb maintain for use and service
    maintain; keep.
    • I keep a car in the countryside
    • She keeps an apartment in Paris for her shopping trips
  24. verb hold and prevent from leaving
    • The student was kept after school
  25. verb prevent (food) from rotting
    preserve; keep.
    • preserved meats
    • keep potatoes fresh

Keep"ing noun
  1. A holding; restraint; custody; guard; charge; care; preservation.
    His happiness is in his own keeping. South.
  2. Maintenance; support; provision; feed; as, the cattle have good keeping.
    The work of many hands, which earns my keeping. Milton.
  3. Conformity; congruity; harmony; consistency; as, these subjects are in keeping with each other.
  4. (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.

Webster 1913

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