noun Date: 14th century 1. the act of one that keeps: as a. custody, maintenance b. observance c. a reserving or preserving for future use 2. a. the means by which something is kept ; support, provision b. the state of being kept or the condition in which something is kept <
the house is in good keeping
3. conformity <
in keeping with good taste
out of keeping with the decor

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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