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 And, therefore, the current obstruction by Republicans in the Senate -- on the January 6 commission bill, among other things -- is entirely in keeping with the founding principles of America. Chris Cillizza, CNN, 14 June 2021 Raines wanted to replace the church’s aging Steinway grand with an instrument in keeping with its Texas landmark pipe organ. Cheryl Hall, Dallas News, 13 June 2021 The step is in keeping with the Biden administration’s emphasis on overhauling law-enforcement tactics following the May 2020 killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis officers and other high-profile police killings of Black people and minorities. Sadie Gurman, WSJ, 8 June 2021 Stephenson and others have argued the electronic games have gotten too far afield from the paper version of pulltabs, and are not in keeping with the state's gaming compacts that only allow slot machines at tribal casinos. Jessie Van Berkel, Star Tribune, 7 June 2021 The highbrow location in Oslo is in keeping with Nio’s image, Li says. Yue Wang, Forbes, 4 June 2021 The Sky’s home opener ended up being a letdown for the returning crowd, a sellout of the 1,257 fans allowed inside Wintrust Arena in keeping with the city’s and WNBA’s social distancing guidelines. Jamal Collier,, 23 May 2021 But secret keeping is harmful to science where basic research and scientific progress depends upon sharing observations with other scientists. Stewart Southey, Forbes, 27 Apr. 2021 Urban bird keeping is practically a full-time job, owing to the emergence of new avian viruses that require regular vaccinations as well as scrutiny from a Buildings Department that demands coops be kept up to code. New York Times, 18 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of keeping

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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19 Jun 2021

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“Keeping.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jun. 2021.

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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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