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Noun: keeping  kee-ping
  1. Conformity or harmony
    "his behaviour was not in keeping with the occasion"
  2. The responsibility of a guardian or keeper
    "he left his car in my keeping";
    - guardianship, safekeeping
  3. The act of retaining something
    - retention, holding
Verb: keep (kept)  keep
  1. Cause to remain in a certain state, position, or activity
    "keep clean"; "The students keep me on my toes";
    - maintain, hold
  2. Resume or proceed in a certain state, condition, or activity
    "Keep on working!"; "Keep smiling";
    - continue, go on, proceed, go along
  3. Retain possession of
    "Can I keep my old stuffed animals?"; "She kept her maiden name after she married";
    - hold on
  4. Stop (someone or something) from doing something or being in a certain state
    "His snoring kept me from falling asleep"; "Keep the child from eating the marbles";
    - prevent
  5. Conform one's action or practice to
    "she never keeps her promises"; "We kept to the original conditions of the contract"; "keep appointments";
    - observe
  6. Stick to correctly or closely
    "The pianist kept time with the metronome"; "keep count"; "I cannot keep track of all my employees";
    - observe, maintain
  7. Look after; be the keeper of; have charge of
    "He keeps the shop when I am gone"
  8. Maintain by writing regular records
    "keep a diary"; "keep notes";
    - maintain
  9. Supply with room and board
    "He is keeping three women in the guest cottage"; "keep boarders"
  10. Allow to remain in a place or position or maintain a property or feature
    "The family's fortune waned and they could not keep their household staff"; "Our grant has run out and we cannot keep you on"; "We kept the work going as long as we could"; "She keeps on a lawyer";
    - retain, continue, keep on
  11. Supply with necessities and support
    "There's little to earn and many to keep";
    - sustain, maintain
  12. Fail to spoil or rot
    "These potatoes keep for a long time";
    - stay fresh
  13. Behave as expected during holidays or rites
    "Keep the commandments";
    - observe, celebrate
  14. Remain under control
    "Keep your temper"; "keep your cool"; "keep back your temper";
    - restrain, keep back, hold back
  15. Maintain in safety from injury, harm, or danger
    "May God keep you";
    - preserve
  16. Raise
    "She keeps a few chickens in the yard"; "he keeps bees"
  17. Retain rights to
    "keep my job for me while I give birth"; "keep open the possibility of a merger";
    - keep open, hold open, save
  18. Normally leave or store
    "Where do you keep your gardening tools?"
  19. Have as a supply
    "I always keep batteries in the freezer"; "keep food for a week in the pantry"; "She keeps a sixpack and a week's worth of supplies in the refrigerator"
  20. Have and look after for use and service
    "She keeps an apartment in Paris for her shopping trips"; "I keep a car in the countryside";
    - maintain
  21. Hold and prevent from leaving
    "The student was kept after school"
  22. Prevent (food) from rotting
    "keep potatoes fresh";
    - preserve

Derived forms: keepings

See also: keep apart, keep back, keep down, keep in, keep off, keep out, keep up

Type of: abidance, accommodate, act, book, bottle up, compliance, confine, conformation, conformity, cook, detain, duty, enter, farm, fix, grow, have, have got, hold, inhibit, keep up, lodge, make, move, obligation, ownership, possession, prepare, produce, prolong, protect, put down, raise, ready, record, remain, reserve, responsibility, rest, stay, store, suppress, sustain

Antonym: break, lose

Encyclopedia: Keeping

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