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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With smoke blanketing the Spokane Valley for much of August—a tie for the longest such period in at least 20 years of record-keeping—many have been rushing to escape the great outdoors. Jim Carlton And Nour Malas, WSJ, "How Air in the Pacific Northwest Became Dirtier Than Beijing’s," 29 Aug. 2018 All together, these gadgets allow drivers to use Hotz’s version of lane-keeping and adaptive cruise control — all without having to touch the steering wheel. Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge, "George Hotz is on a hacker crusade against the ‘scam’ of self-driving cars," 13 July 2018 In November 2016, Beachwood City Council voted not to change its ordinance pertaining to the keeping of chickens. Jeff Piorkowski/special To,, "University Heights City Council considers allowing backyard chickens," 21 Feb. 2018 That means universal background checks and record-keeping requirements for all firearms transactions. Kurt Eichenwald, Newsweek, "Americans Don't Have the Right to Bear Just Any Arms," 16 July 2015 Look for Dykes to keep things rolling, relatively speaking, by getting the Mustangs back into the postseason and keeping this offense among the league’s best. Paul Myerberg, USA TODAY, "American Athletic Conference power rankings: Central Florida still the clear favorite," 2 July 2018 Hearing Bibens-Dirkx's story while teammates in Round Rock provided Mann with another well of inspiration to keeping going. Stefan Stevenson, star-telegram, "Another feel-good Rangers' story after pitcher's long journey to big leagues | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 13 May 2018 The idea parallels the notion of vigil-keeping and waiting for the light to dispel the darkness, says Morrill. Arricca Elin Sansone, Country Living, "What Is Holy Saturday, the Day Before Easter, and Why Do We Celebrate It?," 1 Mar. 2019 So open the windows, air out old grievances, and commit to the castles in the sky that are yours for the keeping. Bess Matassa, Teen Vogue, "Weekly Horoscopes July 16-22," 13 July 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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an act or instance of returning to life

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