Definition - keeping

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keeping
  1. stick to correctly or closely;
  2. raise; "She keeps a few chickens in the yard"; "he keeps bees"
  3. maintain by writing regular records; "keep a diary"; "maintain a record"; "keep notes"
  4. keep in a certain state, position, or activity; e.g., "keep clean"; "hold in place"; "She always held herself as a lady"; "The students keep me on my toes"
  5. supply with necessities and support; "She alone sustained her family"; "The money will sustain our good cause"; "There's little to earn and many to keep"
  6. continue a certain state, condition, or activity; "Keep on working!"; "We continued to work into the night"; "Keep smiling"; "We went on working until well past midnight"
  7. hold and prevent from leaving; "The student was kept after school"
  8. maintain in safety from injury, harm, or danger; "May God keep you"
  9. retain possession of; "Can I keep my old stuffed animals?"; "She kept her maiden name after she married"
  10. fail to s

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