house·​keep | \ ˈhau̇s-ˌkēp How to pronounce housekeep (audio) \
housekept\ ˈhau̇s-​ˌkept How to pronounce housekeep (audio) \; housekeeping

Definition of housekeep

intransitive verb

: to perform the routine duties (such as cooking and cleaning) of managing a house

Examples of housekeep in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There were families with little children laid off from amusement parks, housekeeping jobs and restaurants. Jack Healy, New York Times, "It’s ‘People, People, People’ as Lines Stretch Across America," 12 Apr. 2020 Vincent Tullo for The New York Times Growing up in California, Orion Tait used to watch his father’s weekend housekeeping routine. Steven Kurutz, New York Times, "You Can Pay People to Style Your Houseplants," 14 Feb. 2020 Found property: Quarry Lane Management at a hotel reported a handgun found in a room by housekeeping staff at 9:30 a.m. Jan. 15. Brian Lisik, cleveland, "Woman arrested for OVI after calling police to scene of crash: Independence Police Blotter," 27 Jan. 2020 Hence, FTSE Russell’s earlier reclassification plan, which sent a signal to money managers worldwide, may seem like housekeeping to some but was quite a bit more significant to the treasury departments of oil and gas producers. Washington Post, "Oil and Gas Stocks Get to Hang Out With Coal Now. Yay?," 1 Oct. 2019 Each of these companies differ in some ways, but have consistent traveler experiences, inoffensive design, and more modern check-in systems—plus the perks of concierge, housekeeping on demand, and no risk of cancellation. Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, "Where to Look When You Need a Group Trip Space That's Not an Airbnb or a Hotel," 23 Sep. 2019 And family members, nursing aides, housekeeping staff. Michael Erard, Quartz, "How a doctor and a linguist are using AI to better talk to dying patients," 3 Sep. 2019 Tip porters and housekeeping staff in Croatian Kuna and round up for taxi fares. Leena Kim, Town & Country, "The Right Way to Tip All Over the World," 22 May 2019 Residents of the building have access to the services of the Ritz-Carlton Hotel, which include a health spa, a lounge, in-room dining services, meeting rooms and housekeeping upon request. Katherine Clarke, WSJ, "‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Producer Asks $39.5 Million for Manhattan One-Bedroom," 19 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of housekeep

1813, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for housekeep

back-formation from housekeeper

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“Housekeep.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jan. 2021.

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