Definition of housekeeping in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈhousˌkēpiNG/


1The management of household affairs.
Example sentences
  • ‘For the last two years I have not had to bother about cooking and housekeeping, the main worries of a housewife,’ says Mrs. Kamath.
  • And, the Marina turned a great leveller as hotel employees cutting across echelons - from general manager to housekeeping staffer - joined hands to give the beach a face-lift.
  • For her, hospital management was simply good housekeeping.
1.1Money set aside or given for the management of household affairs: writing barely pays my part of the housekeeping
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  • Lot of people would say to me oh, I'm saving up my little extra housekeeping money just to come and spend here because there is no sales tax.
  • Rather insultingly he left housekeeping money for me and my sister - with the strict instruction that I wasn't allowed anywhere near it.
  • Plastic bars will come down to split the house in two, with those in the rich part given £400 housekeeping money and access to better living conditions.
1.2chiefly US A department within a hotel or other residential facility that oversees the cleaning of rooms and the provision of necessities such as towels and glassware: you’ll never have to nag housekeeping for a set of dry towels
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  • Mohammed was working in the housekeeping department of the hotel.
  • Above all else, travelers overwhelmingly agree that hotel housekeeping needs to clean up its act.
  • In any case, during the two days we occupied this room, housekeeping apparently never noticed the problem, either.
2Operations such as record-keeping or maintenance in an organization or a computer that make work possible but do not directly constitute its performance.
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  • Risks may stem from design, manufacture, maintenance, storage, housekeeping, or a lack of user competence.
  • Hydraulic systems will make or break a modern logging operation, and as the experts tell us, much of it depends on your maintenance regime and housekeeping.
  • Control channels are responsible for housekeeping tasks such as telling the mobile when a call is coming in and which frequency to use.
2.1 Biology The regulation of metabolic functions that are common to all cells: [as modifier]: housekeeping genes
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  • Many cancers result from the acquisition of mutations in a family of genes called oncogenes, which normally serve important housekeeping functions for our cells.
  • One simple criterion for a developmental mutation is embryonic lethality, but this also catches mutations in genes involved in housekeeping functions.
  • So far in this review we have described epigenetic housekeeping functions and their involvement in genome stability.

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Syllabification: house·keep·ing

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