keeping

noun keep·ing \ ˈkē-piŋ \
|Updated on: 12 Aug 2018

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
3 a : 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

Examples of keeping in a Sentence

  1. put the house keys into a neighbor's secure keeping while they were on vacation

  2. my aunt has all of our family's old photographs in her keeping

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First Known Use of keeping

14th century

in the meaning defined at sense 2

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KEEPING Defined for Kids

keeping

noun keep·ing \ ˈkē-piŋ \

Definition of keeping for Students

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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