keep·​ing ˈkē-piŋ How to pronounce keeping (audio)
: conformity
in keeping with good taste
out of keeping with the decor
: the act of one that keeps: such as
: a reserving or preserving for future use
: the means by which something is kept : support, provision
: the state of being kept or the condition in which something is kept
the house is in good keeping

Example Sentences

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
Recent Examples on the Web The record-keeping is necessary because the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the nation’s top banking regulator, conducts periodic audits. New York Times, 19 May 2022 How abysmal is the record keeping by the Ohio department of health, which is yet again, leaving state residents in the dark. Leila Atassi, cleveland, 18 Apr. 2022 This view is entirely in keeping with the antiscience bias that the AMLO administration is known to harbor. Mary Anastasia O’grady, WSJ, 6 Nov. 2022 Alsobrooks said the new criteria is not in keeping with an executive order President Biden issued promising to advance equity. Lateshia Beachum, Washington Post, 4 Nov. 2022 Glaring in its arrogance, The Oregonian’s article was in keeping with the newspaper’s racist history. Beth Nakamura, The Oregonian -, 26 Oct. 2022 But his running mate, Rep. Laura Devlin of Fairfield, said 8-30g projects can be too dense or not in keeping with the character of the neighborhoods where they are proposed. Mark Pazniokas, Hartford Courant, 26 Oct. 2022 The three elven rings are powerful, just in a less obvious way — albeit one very much in keeping with Tolkien's themes. Christian Holub,, 15 Oct. 2022 Watching the game slip away would have been far more in keeping with the Jets’ typical September efforts. Russ Joy | Xl Media, cleveland, 23 Sep. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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

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Cite this Entry

“Keeping.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition



: watchful attention : care
: a proper or fitting relationship : harmony
in keeping with good taste

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