"keeping" in the noun sense
conformity or harmony
"his behavior was not in keeping with the occasion"
2. guardianship, keeping, safekeeping
the responsibility of a guardian or keeper
"he left his car in my keeping"
3. retention, keeping, holding
the act of retaining something
"keeping" in the verb sense
1. keep, maintain, hold
cause to continue 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"
2. continue, go on, proceed, go along, keep
continue a certain state, condition, or activity
"Keep on working!"
"We continued to work into the night"
"We went on working until well past midnight"
3. keep, hold on
retain possession of
"Can I keep my old stuffed animals?"
"She kept her maiden name after she married"
4. prevent, keep
stop (someone or something) 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"
5. observe, keep
conform one's action or practice to
"she never keeps her promises"
"We kept to the original conditions of the contract"
6. observe, keep, maintain
stick to correctly or closely
"The pianist kept time with the metronome"
"I cannot keep track of all my employees"
look after be the keeper of have charge of
"He keeps the shop when I am gone"
8. keep, maintain
maintain by writing regular records
"keep a diary"
"maintain a record"
supply with room and board
"He is keeping three women in the guest cottage"
10. retain, continue, keep, keep on
allow to remain in a place or position or maintain a property or feature
"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"
"She retained her composure"
"this garment retains its shape even after many washings"
11. sustain, keep, maintain
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"
12. keep, stay fresh
fail to spoil or rot
"These potatoes keep for a long time"
13. observe, celebrate, keep
behave as expected during of holidays or rites
"Keep the commandments"
"Observe Yom Kippur"
14. keep, preserve
maintain in safety from injury, harm, or danger
"May God keep you"
"She keeps a few chickens in the yard"
"he keeps bees"
16. keep open, hold open, keep, save
retain rights to
"keep my job for me while I give birth"
"keep my seat, please"
"keep open the possibility of a merger"
store or keep customarily
"Where do you keep your gardening tools?"
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"
19. keep, maintain
maintain for use and service
"I keep a car in the countryside"
"She keeps an apartment in Paris for her shopping trips"
hold and prevent from leaving
"The student was kept after school"
21. restrain, keep, keep back, hold back
prevent the action or expression of
"hold back your anger"
"keep your cool"
"she struggled to restrain her impatience at the delays"
22. preserve, keep
prevent (food) from rotting
"keep potatoes fresh"
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