Definition - keeping

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  1. maintain in safety from injury, harm, or danger; "May God keep you"
  2. hold and prevent from leaving; "The student was kept after school"
  3. fail to spoil or rot; "These potatoes keep for a long time"
  4. retain possession of; "Can I keep my old stuffed animals?"; "She kept her maiden name after she married"
  5. look after; be the keeper of; have charge of; "He keeps the shop when I am gone"
  6. maintain for use and service; "I keep a car in the countryside"; "She keeps an apartment in Paris for her shopping trips"
  7. 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"
  8. the act of retaining something
  9. store or keep customarily; "Where do you keep your gardening tools?"
  10. the responsibility of a guardian or keeper; "he left his car in my keeping"
  11. retain rights to;
  12. conformity or harmony;

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