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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Some, like, the Rockets, will switch on every screen as a means of keeping as many threats covered as possible—even at the risk of creating mismatches in the process. Rob Mahoney,, "Draymond Green Still Lives at the Heart of Everything Golden State," 22 May 2018 The audit found 11 violations of state amusement park regulations, mostly pertaining to record-keeping and safety signs. Samuel Chamberlain, Fox News, "Kansas water park to tear down slide 2 years after boy's beheading," 12 July 2018 Sinema has voted three times against keeping Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. Yvonne Wingett Sanchez, azcentral, "Why Kyrsten Sinema could spurn Chuck Schumer," 3 July 2018 Around back are a small kitchen, a full bath, and a keeping room with an enormous stone hearth. Jon Gorey,, "For sale: Homes built centuries apart in Upton," 22 June 2018 Along with Paul Pogba, he is said to be the player that the 20-time English champions are most committed to keeping., "Real Madrid Linked With Complicated Part-Exchange Summer Swoop for Man Utd Star," 22 June 2018 Each member of a family can take up to four books for their keeping, with no charge. Quoron Walker, Courant Community, "MPS Office Of Equity And Partnerships Moves To New Location," 10 July 2018 Infamously, the Soviet version of daylight saving never quite got things figured out (the 61-year-old error in time keeping was finally acknowledged in 1991). Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "The EU Mulls Ditching Daylight Saving Time," 9 July 2018 And 2017 was the first time in 20 years of record-keeping that no owl fledglings were observed in the park. David Streitfeld, New York Times, "As Google Feeds Cats, Owl Lovers Cry Foul," 26 May 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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