keep·​ing | \ˈkē-piŋ \

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

a : custody, maintenance

b : observance

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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Math like this is what has driven a substantial recent shift in opinion among greens about the wisdom of keeping existing nuclear plants open. David Roberts, Vox, "For the first time, a major US utility has committed to 100% clean energy," 5 Dec. 2018 Due to poor record keeping, this amount could be much higher. Maka Monture, Teen Vogue, "10 Films That Show How the U.S. Has Mistreated Native Americans and Alaska Natives," 22 Nov. 2018 Those guys were feeling it a little bit.’’ The Seahawks arrived in Denver Saturday afternoon keeping to what is their typical schedule for games in the Pacific or Mountain time zones. Bob Condotta, The Seattle Times, "Pete Carroll radio show notes: No update yet on Doug Baldwin, Russell Wilson got ‘hammered’ but could have played better, and more," 10 Sep. 2018 His administration’s trade war with China is focused in part on keeping technology out of Beijing’s hands. Jamie Condliffe, New York Times, "China Wants High-Tech Cars. German Automakers Are Eager to Help.," 11 July 2018 That affinity for keeping and appreciating gorgeous objects can be hard to keep in check. Vogue, "Queer Eye’s Antoni Porowski on his Dream Kitchen—And Why Ample Counter Space, a Massive Butcher Block, and “the Biggest Fridge Ever” Are Musts," 9 Nov. 2018 All the other advanced driver assists—forward collision avoidance, adaptive cruise and lane keeping, blind spot video cameras, rear cross-traffic alerts, and more—are standard across the Nexo range. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "The 2019 Hyundai Nexo is an upmarket hydrogen fuel-cell SUV," 26 Oct. 2018 Bronfman is charged with money laundering, extortion and other crimes in connection with the Albany-area group, which is accused of keeping and branding a harem of women for leader Keith Raniere to bed. Fox News, "Seagram's heiress wants more freedom after Nxivm house arrest," 27 Sep. 2018 The moves—and failures to correct errors in record-keeping—were aimed at boosting the bank’s profits while filling client orders at sometimes less-favorable prices, the regulator said. Jenny Strasburg, WSJ, "Deutsche Bank to Pay $205 Million Fine to End N.Y. Currency-Trading Probe," 20 June 2018

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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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