from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The act of holding, guarding, or supporting.
  • n. Custody; care. See Synonyms at care.
  • n. Harmony; conformity: "A facade had been added, in perfect keeping with [the] original architecture” ( Nancy Holmes).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. conformity or harmony.
  • n. charge or care.
  • v. Present participle of keep.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A holding; restraint; custody; guard; charge; care; preservation.
  • n. Maintenance; support; provision; feed.
  • n. Conformity; congruity; harmony; consistency.
  • n. Harmony or correspondence between the different parts of a work of art.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Care; custody; charge.
  • n. Guardian care; guard; watch.
  • n. Maintenance; support; subsistence; feed; fodder: as, the cattle have good keeping.
  • n. Just proportion; conformity; congruity; consistency; harmony: as, his words are not in keeping with his deeds.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the act of retaining something
  • n. the responsibility of a guardian or keeper
  • n. conformity or harmony


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  • Having made his name keeping surveyors alive, he began to ride with the new ranging companies, who were often the same people who went out to guard surveying teams.


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  • The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton (nee Jones) is a classic partly because of the author's superb writing and intimate knowledge of the monied class (the phrase "keeping up with the Joneses" was reportedly first used to describe the wealthy family of her father).

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  • It was part of what he called keeping our relationship “low profile.”

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  • He was just finishing up what he called a keeping the peace mission and that's where they go with their Humvee.

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  • Here Martyn was to do his lessons, and Emily and I carry on our studies, and do what she called keeping up her accomplishments.

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  • Others give themselves up to what they call keeping up society, which means being more at home in every person's house than their own; and some do a little weak art, and others a little feeble literature; but there are very few indeed who honestly buckle to the natural duties of their position, and who bear with the tedium of home work as men bear with the tedium of office work.

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  • “Very true, dame,” said her elder guest; “that is what I call keeping a good publican conscience; and so I will pay my score presently, and be jogging on my way.”

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  • To give a mutinous fellow a knock on the head with the keys, and bid him be quiet, that's what I call keeping order in the ward; but to draw weapon and slay him, as was done to this Welsh lord,



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