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
Recent Examples on the Web If confirmed, the record-breaker in the remote Siberian town of Verkhoyansk, about 3,000 miles east of Moscow, would stand as the highest temperature in the Arctic since record-keeping began in 1885. Washington Post, "Rapid Arctic meltdown in Siberia alarms scientists," 3 July 2020 It is also being used by medical institutions for mass temperature screening, patient monitoring and medical record keeping, helping overwhelmed medical workers. Simon Denyer, Washington Post, "No masks, no coughs: Robots can be just what the doctor ordered in time of social distancing," 8 July 2020 That is four points worse than its prediction from April and would be the worst such recession since record keeping began. Matt Rivers, CNN, "Hundreds of thousands more could die from Covid-19 in Latin America, agency warns," 3 July 2020 The result is that BritBox has struggled to make a dent with mainstream audiences for lack of keeping shows like The Capture for itself. Ani Bundel, Ars Technica, "Stellar deepfake thriller The Capture lands in USA thanks to NBC Peacock," 3 July 2020 As the academic year wraps up, San Antonio school districts are releasing summer schedules for free meal pickup and delivery, which will continue during the break in keeping with social distancing due to the coronavirus pandemic. Express-news Staff,, "Timeline of coronavirus in San Antonio: May and June," 30 June 2020 In April, the airports had their lowest monthly passenger count since record keeping began 40 years ago. USA TODAY, "State fair upheaval, sewage testing, new mask rules: News from around our 50 states," 20 June 2020 That switch, and spotty record-keeping beforehand, has confounded efforts to understand the impact of a program that has helped transform law enforcement in America. Brian Barrett, Wired, "The Pentagon's Hand-Me-Downs Helped Militarize Police. Here's How," 2 June 2020 But information on the ethnic breakdown of positive cases in the community is incomplete because of poor record-keeping. John Tuohy, The Indianapolis Star, "Elkhart officials alarmed at rise in positive coronavirus cases, warn of another lockdown," 1 May 2020

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First Known Use of keeping

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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24 Jul 2020

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“Keeping.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Aug. 2020.

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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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