keep·​ing | \ ˈkē-piŋ How to pronounce keeping (audio) \

Definition of keeping

1 : conformity in keeping with good taste out of keeping with the decor
2 : the act of one that keeps: such as
c : a reserving or preserving for future use
3a : the means by which something is kept : support, provision
b : the state of being kept or the condition in which something is kept the house is in good keeping

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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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The decision, which became effective last month, came after the state accused Dr. William Vicary of gross negligence, repeated negligent acts, prescribing without an appropriate exam, excessive prescribing and inadequate record keeping. Leila Miller,, "Psychiatrist who admitted altering notes in Menendez brothers’ murder trial in the ’90s surrenders license," 9 July 2019 The violations of the federal regulations for data and record keeping did not cite a lack of electronic health records as the cause. The News Tribune, The Seattle Times, "Despite millions spent, ‘crucial’ DSHS electronic records system is years behind schedule," 6 July 2019 After audits critical of fire department record keeping, Orange County is prepared to bring the agency’s outdated fuel-tracking into modern times. Ryan Gillespie,, "Orange County’s outdated fuel-tracking system led to errors. New automated system should improve accuracy, officials say.," 2 July 2019 Online reviews didn’t exist, book-keeping was done with actual books and –– with no computerized ordering system available –– food orders were scribbled out by hand. Peter Holley, Washington Post, "This seafood restaurant’s latest catch: Chinese robots that greet customers and deliver food.," 2 July 2019 He was politely received but struggled a bit with the event’s tight time-keeping. Osita Nwanevu, The New Yorker, "Democrats’ Cautious Return to the War on Poverty," 30 June 2019 Valentine's detailed record-keeping allowed Jodoin to reassemble the studio to its original set up. Bennett Kogon, Billboard, "Spotlight: How Producer Nic Jodoin Restored This Recording Studio-Turned-Storage Unit to Analog Glory," 25 June 2019 Families are torn apart — perhaps permanently, due to horrendous record keeping. Ian Silverii, The Denver Post, "Silverii: These detention centers should never have been allowed on U.S. soil," 28 June 2019 Meantime, the general fertility rate—defined as the number of births per 1,000 women aged 15 to 44—fell to the lowest level since the start of federal record-keeping. Gerald F. Seib, WSJ, "Cradles, Pews and the Societal Shifts Coming to Politics," 24 June 2019

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First Known Use of keeping

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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keep·​ing | \ ˈkē-piŋ\

Kids Definition of keeping

1 : watchful attention : care The money was left in her keeping.
2 : a proper or fitting relationship : harmony He wrote a report in keeping with the facts.

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