Definition - keeping

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  1. look after; be the keeper of; have charge of; "He keeps the shop when I am gone"
  2. maintain for use and service; "I keep a car in the countryside"; "She keeps an apartment in Paris for her shopping trips"
  3. 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"
  4. store or keep customarily; "Where do you keep your gardening tools?"
  5. retain rights to;
  6. 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 their household staff"; "Our grant has run out and we cannot keep you on"; "We kept the work going as long as we could"; "She retained her composure"; "this garment retains its shape even after many washings"
  7. the act of retaining something
  8. keep under control; keep in ch

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