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housekeep

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verb house·keep \ˈhau̇s-ˌkēp\

Definition of housekeep

housekept

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housekeeping

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to perform the routine duties (as cooking and cleaning) of managing a house



Origin and Etymology of housekeep

back-formation from housekeeper


First Known Use: 1842


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