keep·​ing ˈkē-piŋ How to pronounce keeping (audio)
: conformity
in keeping with good taste
out of keeping with the decor
: the act of one that keeps: such as
: a reserving or preserving for future use
: the means by which something is kept : support, provision
: the state of being kept or the condition in which something is kept
the house is in good keeping

Examples of keeping in a Sentence

put the house keys into a neighbor's secure keeping while they were on vacation my aunt has all of our family's old photographs in her keeping
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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of keeping was in the 14th century

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“Keeping.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition


: watchful attention : care
: a proper or fitting relationship : harmony
in keeping with good taste

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