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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The items were submitted into the property room for safe keeping. Houston Chronicle, "West University Place Police Department weekly report," 10 June 2019 Animal-rights activists have protested the bear hunt as inhumane and say securing garbage cans and other food containers is a more effective means of keeping bears out of residential areas. Kate King, WSJ, "New Jersey Moves to Curb Bear Hunting," 20 Aug. 2018 The use of virtualization hardware and software will make keeping older ships up to date cheaper and easier to accomplish than ever before. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The U.S. Navy Is Shrinking the Size of Its Gargantuan 70s-Era Computers," 26 Apr. 2019 The number is the lowest in at least 10 years of record-keeping and is attributable in part, officials say, to soaking rains finally... Jim Carlton, WSJ, "California Could See Fewer Wildfires Thanks to Wet Winter," 8 Apr. 2019 China just lifted its ban on new video games after nearly a year of keeping games from getting released. Shannon Liao, The Verge, "China lifts video game ban but not for its biggest player," 29 Dec. 2018 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

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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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to take the place or position of

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