house·​keep | \ ˈhau̇s-ˌkēp How to pronounce housekeep (audio) \
housekept\ ˈhau̇s-​ˌkept How to pronounce housekept (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 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 Officials say she was found hanging by housekeeping staff inside her Park Avenue apartment around 10:20 a.m., making her the latest celebrity to take their life in this way. Fox News, "Kate Spade is the latest star to be found hanged, highlighting what may be a distrubing trend," 2 Oct. 2018 The hotel has a no-weapons policy, the lawsuit claims, and yet housekeeping staff did not mention those in Paddock's two-room suite. Michael Kiefer, azcentral, "Arizona couple files lawsuit against Las Vegas hotel where mass shooting took place," 28 June 2018 Hotel housekeeping staff The best practice is to leave about $5 to $10 per night for the housekeeping staff. Zachary Hansen, USA TODAY, "Tipping tips: A cheat sheet to leaving gratuities," 22 June 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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24 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Housekeep.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 10 December 2019.

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