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keeping Line breaks: keep|ing
Pronunciation: /ˈkiːpɪŋ/

Definition of keeping in English:


[mass noun]
The action or fact of owning, maintaining, or protecting something: the keeping of dogs [in combination]: careful record-keeping is needed
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  • He's given some to his most trusted companions for safe keeping, transferred some to more secret and more protected hiding places.
  • Accurate daily record keeping is useful for both your health care team and family to assist you with managing your diabetes.
  • Partnership law and partnership record keeping can be difficult to follow and understand.


in someone's keeping

In someone’s care or custody: in their keeping were some of the oldest songs of the tribe
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  • He was kind to animals and ensured quality care for them while they were in his keeping.
  • Northern Ireland were the last winners of this sadly defunct competition and the elaborate silver cup is in their keeping.
  • I'm sure that two slightly dodgy copies of eighteenth-century portraits and casts of busts of Sir Walter and Napoleon would be quite safe in my keeping.

in (or out of) keeping with

In (or out of) harmony or conformity with: the cuisine is in keeping with the hotel’s Edwardian character
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  • This is a noble sentiment and entirely in keeping with the true spirit of the Olympics.
  • The bridge is an eyesore and is totally out of keeping with the natural beauty and harmony of the river valley.
  • As with other settlement bills, its format is in keeping with what has gone before.
consistent with, in harmony with, in accord with, in accordance with, in agreement with, in line with, in character with, true to, compatible with, congruent with, commensurate with;

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