house-keep
housekeep housekeep, house-keep house-keepv. i. to take care of all household-related business.

Syn: house-keep, maintain a household, keep house. [WordNet 1.5]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • house|keep — «HOWS KEEP», intransitive verb, kept, keep|ing. to manage a home and its affairs; keep house: »She housekeeps in London for a visiting American playwright (Manchester Guardian Weekly). ╂[back formation < housekeeper] …   Useful english dictionary

  • house|keep|er — «HOWS KEE puhr», noun. 1. a woman who manages a home and its affairs and does the housework: »“And I m going to have a home for the boys,” he added. “I ll find a housekeeper.” Newsweek). 2. a woman who directs the servants that do the housework… …   Useful english dictionary

  • house|keep|ing — «HOWS KEE pihng», noun. 1. management of a home and its affairs; doing the housework. 2. a directing of the servants that do the housework. 3. management of a business or other concern …   Useful english dictionary

  • house·keep·ing — /ˈhaʊsˌkiːpıŋ/ noun [noncount] 1 : the work (such as cooking and cleaning) that is done in a house : ↑housework Who does your housekeeping? housekeeping expenses 2 : the things that must be done regularly to keep something working properly We… …   Useful english dictionary

  • house·keep·er — /ˈhaʊsˌkiːpɚ/ noun, pl ers [count] : a person whose job is to manage the cooking, cleaning, etc., in a house …   Useful english dictionary

  • keep — keep; green·keep·er; house·keep; house·keep·er; keep·able; keep·er·ing; keep·er·ship; keep·sake; store·keep; keep·er; …   English syllables

  • keep house — phrasal 1. : to occupy or maintain a separate house or establishment as opposed to living with parents or relatives or boarding out is married and keeping house 2. Brit : to remain secluded at home to evade creditors * * * keep house To maintain… …   Useful english dictionary

  • house — bath·house; char·ter·house; chop·house; cru·cet·house; dis·house; draught·house; house; house·break·er; house·clean; house·fast; house·ful; house·hold·er; house·hold·er·ship; house·hold·ing; house·hold·ry; house·keep; house·keep·er; house·less;… …   English syllables

  • house — n., adj. [[t]haʊs[/t]] v. [[t]haʊz[/t]] n. pl. hous•es [[t]ˈhaʊ zɪz[/t]] v. housed, hous•ing, adj. 1) a building in which people live; residence 2) a household 3) (often cap.) a family, including ancestors and descendants: the House of… …   From formal English to slang

  • house — See: BOARDING HOUSE REACH, BRING DOWN THE HOUSE, PUN HOUSE, HASH HOUSE, KEEP HOUSE, ON THE HOUSE, PARISH HOUSE, PEOPLE WHO LIVE IN GLASS HOUSES SHOULD NOT THROW STONES, PLAGUE ON BOTH YOUR HOUSES or PLAGUE O BOTH YOUR HOUSES, PUT ONE S HOUSE IN… …   Dictionary of American idioms

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