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keeping

noun

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1 responsibility for the safety and well-being of someone or something
  • put the house keys into a neighbor's secure keeping while they were on vacation

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2 the fact or state of having (something) at one's disposal
  • my aunt has all of our family's old photographs in her keeping

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3 the following of a custom, rule, or law
  • the keeping of religious laws and traditions

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4 a state of being or fitness
  • the estate hasn't been in good keeping since the owner suffered financial reverses

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keeping

verb
present participle of keep

Synonyms & Antonyms of keeping (Entry 2 of 2)

1 to mark with an appropriate practice, rite, or ceremony
  • keep the Sabbath by not working

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2 to continue to have in one's possession or power
  • the money is yours to keep
  • keep my secret and don't tell it to anyone

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3 to do what is required by the terms of
  • make sure you keep your promise to help out at the homeless shelter

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4 to place somewhere for safekeeping or ready availability
  • I keep extra toothbrushes for unexpected overnight guests

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5 to pay the living expenses of
  • agreed to keep both of their children in off-campus housing until they graduated and found jobs

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6 to look after and make decisions about
  • enlisted a relative to keep the store while she was away

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8 to drive danger or attack away from
  • may God bless and keep you

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The first known use of keeping was in the 14th century

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“Keeping.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/keeping. Accessed 27 Sep. 2021.

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