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 for keeping
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Keep \Keep\ (k[=e]p), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Kept (k[e^]pt); p.
     pr. & vb. n. Keeping.] [OE. k[=e]pen, AS. c[=e]pan to keep,
     regard, desire, await, take, betake; cf. AS. copenere lover,
     OE. copnien to desire.]
     1. To care; to desire. [Obs.]
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              I kepe not of armes for to yelp [boast]. --Chaucer.
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     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.
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              If we lose the field,
              We can not keep the town.             --Shak.
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              That I may know what keeps me here with you.
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              If we would weigh and keep in our minds what we are
              considering, that would instruct us.  --Locke.
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     3. To cause to remain in a given situation or condition; to
        maintain unchanged; to hold or preserve in any state or
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              His loyalty he kept, his love, his zeal. --Milton.
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              Keep a stiff rein, and move but gently on.
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     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. "To keep off impertinence
           and solicitation from his superior." --Addison.
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     4. To have in custody; to have in some place for
        preservation; to take charge of.
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              The crown of Stephanus, first king of Hungary, was
              always kept in the castle of Vicegrade. --Knolles.
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     5. To preserve from danger, harm, or loss; to guard.
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              Behold, I am with thee, and will keep thee. --Gen.
                                                    xxviii. 15.
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     6. To preserve from discovery or publicity; not to
        communicate, reveal, or betray, as a secret.
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              Great are thy virtues . . . though kept from man.
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     7. To attend upon; to have the care of; to tend.
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              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.
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              In her girlish age, she kept sheep on the moor.
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     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.
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     9. To maintain, as an establishment, institution, or the
        like; to conduct; to manage; as, to keep store.
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              Like a pedant that keeps a school.    --Shak.
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              Every one of them kept house by himself. --Hayward.
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     10. To supply with necessaries of life; to entertain; as, to
         keep boarders.
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     11. To have in one's service; to have and maintain, as an
         assistant, a servant, a mistress, a horse, etc.
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               I keep but three men and a boy.      --Shak.
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     12. To have habitually in stock for sale.
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     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.
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               Both day and night did we keep company. --Shak.
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               Within this portal as I kept my watch. --Smollett.
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     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.
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               I have kept the faith.               --2 Tim. iv.
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               Him whom to love is to obey, and keep
               His great command.                   --Milton.
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     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.
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               'Tis hallowed ground;
               Fairies, and fawns, and satyrs do it keep. --J.
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     16. To observe duly, as a festival, etc.; to celebrate; to
         solemnize; as, to keep a feast.
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               I went with them to the house of God . . . with a
               multitude that kept holyday.         --Ps. xlii. 4.
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     To keep at arm's length. See under Arm, n.
     To keep back.
         (a) To reserve; to withhold. "I will keep nothing back
             from you." --Jer. xlii. 4.
         (b) To restrain; to hold back. "Keep back thy servant
             also from presumptuous sins." --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 hours or To keep 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.
     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.
             "In joy, that which keeps up the action is the desire
             to continue it." --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
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Keeping \Keep"ing\, n.
     1. A holding; restraint; custody; guard; charge; care;
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              His happiness is in his own keeping.  --South.
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     2. Maintenance; support; provision; feed; as, the cattle have
        good keeping.
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              The work of many hands, which earns my keeping.
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     3. Conformity; congruity; harmony; consistency; as, these
        subjects are in keeping with each other; his levity is not
        in keeping with the seriousness of the occasion.
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     4. (Paint.) Harmony or correspondence between the different
        parts of a work of art; as, the foreground of this
        painting is not in keeping.
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     Keeping room, a family sitting room. [New Eng. & Prov.
     Syn: Care; guardianship; custody; possession.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 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" [syn: guardianship, keeping,
      3: the act of retaining something [syn: retention, keeping,

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  147 Moby Thesaurus words for "keeping":
     accommodation, accord, accordance, acquiescence, acquittal,
     acquittance, adaptation, adaption, adherence, adjustment,
     administration, agreement, auspices, balance, bilateral symmetry,
     bottling up, care, carrying out, charge, clinging, compliance,
     conformance, conformation other-direction, conformity, congruity,
     conservancy, conservation, conservational, conservationism,
     conservationist, conservative, conservatory, conserving,
     consistency, conventionality, corking up, correspondence, cure,
     custodianship, custody, discharge, dynamic symmetry,
     environmental conservation, equality, equilibrium, eurythmics,
     eurythmy, evenness, execution, finish, flexibility,
     forest conservation, forest management, fulfillment, governance,
     government, grasping, gripping, guardianship, guarding, guidance,
     hands, harmony, heed, heeding, hold, holding, holding in,
     inhibition, jurisdiction, keep, line, locking in, maintenance,
     malleability, management, ministry, multilateral symmetry,
     obedience, observance, observation, orthodoxy, oversight,
     parallelism, pastorage, pastorate, pastorship, patronage,
     performance, pliancy, polarity, practice, prehension, preserval,
     preservation, preservative, preservatory, preserving,
     preventive custody, proportion, proportionality, protection,
     protective, protective custody, protectorship, reconcilement,
     reconciliation, regularity, repression, respect, retainment,
     retention, retentive, retentiveness, retentivity, safe hands,
     safekeeping, salvage, salvation, satisfaction, saving, shapeliness,
     soil conservation, stewardship, stream conservation, strictness,
     support, suppression, sustentation, symmetricalness, symmetry,
     tenacious, tenacity, traditionalism, trilateral symmetry, trust,
     tutelage, uniformity, upkeep, ward, wardenship, wardship,
     watch and ward, water conservation, wetlands conservation,
     wildlife conservation, wing

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