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Definition of Keeping

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guarding, watching over; observance, obeying; maintaining; agreement, accordance, harmony; holding, retaining; keep, maintenance
retain possession of, hold onto; save, store; watch over, care for, look after, maintain; observe, obey, adhere; stay, remain; continue; stop, cease
Keeping Definition from Language, Idioms & Slang Dictionaries & Glossaries
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
(p. pr. & vb. n.)
of Keep
Maintenance; support; provision; feed; as, the cattle have good keeping.
Harmony or correspondence between the different parts of a work of art; as, the foreground of this painting is not in keeping.
Conformity; congruity; harmony; consistency; as, these subjects are in keeping with each other.
A holding; restraint; custody; guard; charge; care; preservation.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913), edited by Noah Porter. About
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\keep"ing\, n.
1. a holding; restraint; custody; guard; charge; care; preservation. his happiness is in his own keeping.
2. maintenance; support; provision; feed; as, the cattle have good keeping. the work of many hands, which earns my keeping.
3. conformity; congruity; harmony; consistency; as, these subjects are in keeping with each other.
4. (paint.) harmony or correspondence between the different parts of a work of art; as, the foreground of this painting is not in keeping.
room, a family sitting room. [new eng. & prov. eng.]

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 keeping room 
English Phonetics
JM Welsh <=> English Dictionary
Adne = n. m. custody, safe keeping
Bydd = a tie, a keeping together
Cadw = n. a keeping; a flock, a herd; v. to keep, to preserve
Cadwad = n. a keeping
Noswyliad = n. leaving work at eve; a keeping of vigils
WordNet 2.0

1. conformity or harmony; "his behavior was not in keeping with the occasion"
(hypernym) conformity, conformation, compliance, abidance
(derivation) observe, keep
2. the responsibility of a guardian or keeper; "he left his car in my keeping"
(synonym) guardianship, safekeeping
(hypernym) duty, responsibility, obligation
(hyponym) hands, custody
(derivation) keep
3. the act of keeping in your possession
(synonym) retention, holding
(hypernym) possession, ownership
(hyponym) withholding
(derivation) keep, hold on

1. the financial means whereby one lives; "each child was expected to pay for their keep"; "he applied to the state for support"; "he could no longer earn his own livelihood"
(synonym) support, livelihood, living, bread and butter, sustenance
(hypernym) resource
(hyponym) comforts, creature comforts, amenities, conveniences
(derivation) sustain, maintain
2. the main tower within the walls of a medieval castle or fortress
(synonym) donjon, dungeon
(hypernym) stronghold, fastness
(hyponym) Black Hole of Calcutta
(part-holonym) castle
3. a cell in a jail or prison
(synonym) hold
(hypernym) cell, jail cell, prison cell

1. keep in a certain state, position, or activity; e.g., "keep clean"; "hold in place"; "She always held herself as a lady"; "The students keep me on my toes"
(synonym) maintain, hold
(hyponym) pressurize, pressurise
(see-also) keep in
2. continue a certain state, condition, or activity; "Keep on working!"; "We continued to work into the night"; "Keep smiling"; "We went on working until well past midnight"
(synonym) continue, go on, proceed, go along
(hypernym) act, move
(hyponym) hold
(verb-group) continue, uphold, carry on, bear on, preserve
3. retain possession of; "Can I keep my old stuffed animals?"; "She kept her maiden name after she married"
(synonym) hold on
(antonym) lose
(hypernym) have, have got, hold
(hyponym) carry over, hold over
(see-also) withhold, keep back
(verb-group) keep open, hold open, save
(derivation) retention, keeping, holding
4. prevent from doing something or being in a certain state; "We must prevent the cancer from spreading"; "His snoring kept me from falling asleep"; "Keep the child from eating the marbles"
(synonym) prevent
(hyponym) defend
5. conform one's action or practice to; "keep appointments"; "she never keeps her promises"; "We kept to the original conditions of the contract"
(synonym) observe
(hyponym) make good
(derivation) keeping
6. observe correctly or closely; "The pianist kept time with the metronome"; "keep count"; "I cannot keep track of all my employees"
(synonym) observe, maintain
7. look after; be the keeper of; have charge of; "He keeps the shop when I am gone"
(hypernym) have, have got, hold
(hyponym) conserve, preserve, maintain, keep up
(verb-group) preserve
(derivation) keeper
8. maintain by writing regular records; "keep a diary"; "maintain a record"; "keep notes"
(synonym) maintain
(hypernym) record, enter, put down
9. supply with room and board; "He is keeping three women in the guest cottage"; "keep boarders"
(hypernym) lodge, accommodate
10. allow to remain in a place or position; "We cannot continue several servants any longer"; "She retains a lawyer"; "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"
(synonym) retain, continue, keep on, keep going
(hypernym) prolong, sustain, keep up
(verb-group) run on, keep going
11. supply with necessities and support; "She alone sustained her family"; "The money will sustain our good cause"; "There's little to earn and many to keep"
(synonym) sustain, maintain
(hypernym) have, have got, hold
(hyponym) patronage
(derivation) support, livelihood, living, bread and butter, sustenance
12. fail to spoil or rot; "These potatoes keep for a long time"
(synonym) stay fresh
(hypernym) stay, remain, rest
(verb-group) preserve
13. celebrate, as of holidays or rites; "Keep the commandments"; "celebrate Christmas"; "Observe Yom Kippur"
(synonym) observe, celebrate
(hyponym) commemorate, mark
14. keep under control; keep in check; "suppress a smile"; "Keep your temper"; "keep your cool"
(synonym) restrain, suppress, keep back, hold back
(hypernym) prevent
(hyponym) hold
15. maintain in safety from injury, harm, or danger; "May God keep you"
(synonym) preserve
(hypernym) protect
16. raise; "She keeps a few chickens in the yard"; "he keeps bees"
(hypernym) grow, raise, farm, produce
(hyponym) herd
17. retain rights to; "keep my job for me while I give birth"; "keep my seat, please"; "keep open the possibility of a merger"
(synonym) keep open, hold open, save
(hypernym) reserve, hold, book
(verb-group) hold on
18. store or keep customarily; "Where do you keep your gardening tools?"
(hypernym) store
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"
(hypernym) have, have got, hold
20. maintain for use and service; "I keep a car in the countryside"; "She keeps an apartment in Paris for her shopping trips"
(synonym) maintain
(hypernym) have, have got, hold
21. hold and prevent from leaving; "The student was kept after school"
(hypernym) confine, detain
(verb-group) prevent
(derivation) hold
22. prevent (food) from rotting; "preserved meats"; "keep potatoes fresh"
(synonym) preserve
(hypernym) cook, fix, ready, make, prepare
(hyponym) freeze-dry
(verb-group) stay fresh
Keeping Definition from Encyclopedia Dictionaries & Glossaries
English Wikipedia - The Free Encyclopedia
Keeping is a surname, and may refer to:
  • Charles Keeping (1924–1988), British illustrator, children's book author and lithographer
  • Frederick Keeping (1867–1950), British racing cyclist
  • Jeff Keeping (born 1982), Canadian Football League defensive tackle
  • Max Keeping (1942–2015), Canadian television news anchor
  • Michael Keeping (1902–1984), English footballer and manager (son of Frederick Keeping)

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Keeping Definition from Religion & Spirituality Dictionaries & Glossaries
Hitchcock's Bible Names Dictionary
keeper, or keeping
Hitchcock's Bible Names Dictionary (1869) , by Roswell D. Hitchcock. About
Keeping Definition from Medicine Dictionaries & Glossaries
A Basic Guide to ASL
The 'K' hands are crossed, the right above the left, little finger edges down. In this position the hands are moved up and down a short distance.