Definition - keeping

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keeping
  1. fail to spoil or rot; "These potatoes keep for a long time"
  2. retain possession of; "Can I keep my old stuffed animals?"; "She kept her maiden name after she married"
  3. look after; be the keeper of; have charge of; "He keeps the shop when I am gone"
  4. maintain for use and service; "I keep a car in the countryside"; "She keeps an apartment in Paris for her shopping trips"
  5. 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"
  6. store or keep customarily; "Where do you keep your gardening tools?"
  7. retain rights to; "keep my job for me while I give birth"; "keep my seat, please"; "keep open the possibility of a merger"
  8. allow to remain in a place or position or maintain a property or feature; "We cannot continue several servants any longer"; "She retains a lawyer"; "The family's fortune waned and they could not keep

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