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English Dictionary: keeping by the DICT Development Group
3 results for keeping
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  1. conformity or harmony; "his behavior was not in keeping with the occasion"
  2. the responsibility of a guardian or keeper; "he left his car in my keeping"
    Synonym(s): guardianship, keeping, safekeeping
  3. the act of retaining something
    Synonym(s): retention, keeping, holding
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Keep \Keep\ (k[emac]p), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Kept}; p. pr. & vb.
      n. {Keeping}.] [OE. k[?]pen, AS. c[?]pan to keep, regard,
      desire, await, take, betake; cf. AS. copenere lover, OE.
      copnien to desire.]
      1. To care; to desire. [Obs.]
                     I kepe not of armes for to yelp [boast]. --Chaucer.
      2. To hold; to restrain from departure or removal; not to let
            go of; to retain in one's power or possession; not to
            lose; to retain; to detain.
                     If we lose the field, We can not keep the town.
                     That I may know what keeps me here with you.
                     If we would weigh and keep in our minds what we are
                     considering, that would instruct us.   --Locke.
      3. To cause to remain in a given situation or condition; to
            maintain unchanged; to hold or preserve in any state or
                     His loyalty he kept, his love, his zeal. --Milton.
                     Keep a stiff rein, and move but gently on.
      Note: In this sense it is often used with prepositions and
               adverbs, as to keep away, to keep down, to keep from,
               to keep in, out, or off, etc. [bd]To keep off
               impertinence and solicitation from his superior.[b8]
      4. To have in custody; to have in some place for
            preservation; to take charge of.
                     The crown of Stephanus, first king of Hungary, was
                     always kept in the castle of Vicegrade. --Knolles.
      5. To preserve from danger, harm, or loss; to guard.
                     Behold, I am with thee, and will keep thee. --Gen.
                                                                              xxviii. 15.
      6. To preserve from discovery or publicity; not to
            communicate, reveal, or betray, as a secret.
                     Great are thy virtues . . . though kept from man.
      7. To attend upon; to have the care of; to tend.
                     And the Lord God took the man, and put him into the
                     garden of Eden, to dress it and to keep it. --Gen.
                                                                              ii. 15.
                     In her girlish age, she kept sheep on the moor.
      8. To record transactions, accounts, or events in; as, to
            keep books, a journal, etc.; also, to enter (as accounts,
            records, etc. ) in a book.
      9. To maintain, as an establishment, institution, or the
            like; to conduct; to manage; as, to keep store.
                     Like a pedant that keeps a school.      --Shak.
                     Every one of them kept house by himself. --Hayward.
      10. To supply with necessaries of life; to entertain; as, to
            keep boarders.
      11. To have in one's service; to have and maintain, as an
            assistant, a servant, a mistress, a horse, etc.
                     I keep but three men and a boy.         --Shak.
      12. To have habitually in stock for sale.
      13. To continue in, as a course or mode of action; not to
            intermit or fall from; to hold to; to maintain; as, to
            keep silence; to keep one's word; to keep possession.
                     Both day and night did we keep company. --Shak.
                     Within this portal as I kept my watch. --Smollett.
      14. To observe; to adhere to; to fulfill; not to swerve from
            or violate; to practice or perform, as duty; not to
            neglect; to be faithful to.
                     I have kept the faith.                     --2 Tim. iv.
                     Him whom to love is to obey, and keep His great
                     command.                                          --Milton.
      15. To confine one's self to; not to quit; to remain in; as,
            to keep one's house, room, bed, etc.; hence, to haunt; to
            frequent. --Shak.
                     'Tis hallowed ground; Fairies, and fawns, and
                     satyrs do it keep.                           --J. Fletcher.
      16. To observe duty, as a festival, etc.; to celebrate; to
            solemnize; as, to keep a feast.
                     I went with them to the house of God . . . with a
                     multitude that kept holyday.            --Ps. xlii. 4.
      {To keep at arm's length}. See under {Arm}, n.
      {To keep back}.
            (a) To reserve; to withhold. [bd]I will keep nothing back
                  from you.[b8] --Jer. xlii. 4.
            (b) To restrain; to hold back. [bd]Keep back thy servant
                  also from presumptuous sins.[b8] --Ps. xix. 13.
      {To keep company with}.
            (a) To frequent the society of; to associate with; as,
                  let youth keep company with the wise and good.
            (b) To accompany; to go with; as, to keep company with
                  one on a voyage; also, to pay court to, or accept
                  attentions from, with a view to marriage. [Colloq.]
      {To keep counsel}. See under {Counsel}, n.
      {To keep down}.
            (a) To hold in subjection; to restrain; to hinder.
            (b) (Fine Arts) To subdue in tint or tone, as a portion
                  of a picture, so that the spectator's attention may
                  not be diverted from the more important parts of the
      {To keep good} ([or] {bad}) {hours}, to be customarily early
            (or late) in returning home or in retiring to rest. -- {To
      keep house}.
            (a) To occupy a separate house or establishment, as with
                  one's family, as distinguished from boarding; to
                  manage domestic affairs.
            (b) (Eng. Bankrupt Law) To seclude one's self in one's
                  house in order to evade the demands of creditors. --
      {To keep one's hand in}, to keep in practice. -- {To keep
      open house}, to be hospitable. -- {To keep the peace} (Law),
            to avoid or to prevent a breach of the peace. -- {To keep
      school}, to govern, manage and instruct or teach a school, as
            a preceptor. -- {To keep a stiff upper lip}, to keep up
            one's courage. [Slang] -- {To keep term}.
            (a) (Eng. Universities) To reside during a term.
            (b) (Inns of Court) To eat a sufficient number of dinners
                  in hall to make the term count for the purpose of
                  being called to the bar. [Eng.] --Mozley & W.
      {To keep touch}. See under {Touch}, n.
      {To keep under}, to hold in subjection; hence, to oppress.
      {To keep up}.
            (a) To maintain; to prevent from falling or diminution;
                  as, to keep up the price of goods; to keep up one's
            (b) To maintain; to continue; to prevent from ceasing.
                  [bd]In joy, that which keeps up the action is the
                  desire to continue it.[b8] --Locke.
      Syn: To retain; detain; reserve; preserve; hold; restrain;
               maintain; sustain; support; withhold. -- To {Keep}.
      Usage: {Retain}, {Preserve}. Keep is the generic term, and is
                  often used where retain or preserve would too much
                  restrict the meaning; as, to keep silence, etc. Retain
                  denotes that we keep or hold things, as against
                  influences which might deprive us of them, or reasons
                  which might lead us to give them up; as, to retain
                  vivacity in old age; to retain counsel in a lawsuit;
                  to retain one's servant after a reverse of fortune.
                  Preserve denotes that we keep a thing against agencies
                  which might lead to its being destroyed or broken in
                  upon; as, to preserve one's health; to preserve

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Keeping \Keep"ing\, n.
      1. A holding; restraint; custody; guard; charge; care;
                     His happiness is in his own keeping.   --South.
      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.
      {Keeping room}, a family sitting room. [New Eng. & Prov.
      Syn: Care; guardianship; custody; possession.
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