What does keeping mean?

Definitions for keeping
ˈki pɪŋkeep·ing

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word keeping.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. keepingnoun

    conformity or harmony

    "his behavior was not in keeping with the occasion"

  2. guardianship, keeping, safekeepingnoun

    the responsibility of a guardian or keeper

    "he left his car in my keeping"

  3. retention, keeping, holdingnoun

    the act of retaining something


  1. Keepingnoun

    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.


  1. keepingnoun

    conformity or harmony.

    The songs are new but in keeping with tradition.

  2. keepingnoun

    charge or care.


  1. Keeping

    Keeping is a surname.


  1. keeping

    Keeping refers to the act of maintaining or retaining something or someone in an appropriate or desired state or condition. It involves taking care of, preserving, or looking after something or someone with the intention of ensuring their well-being, functionality, or existence. The concept of keeping can apply to a wide range of aspects including physical objects, relationships, personal health, finances, or even emotions. It implies responsibility, attention, and effort to ensure that the subject remains in a desired or satisfactory state over time.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Keeping

    of Keep

  2. Keepingnoun

    a holding; restraint; custody; guard; charge; care; preservation

  3. Keepingnoun

    maintenance; support; provision; feed; as, the cattle have good keeping

  4. Keepingnoun

    conformity; congruity; harmony; consistency; as, these subjects are in keeping with each other

  5. Keepingnoun

    harmony or correspondence between the different parts of a work of art; as, the foreground of this painting is not in keeping

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Keeping is ranked #113791 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Keeping surname appeared 154 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Keeping.

    99.3% or 153 total occurrences were White.

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'keeping' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1794

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'keeping' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1381

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of keeping in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of keeping in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of keeping in a Sentence

  1. Thanos Marinos:

    A lot of people are keeping all the bitcoins they buy on our platform, until they understand what to do with them, in their eyes, now they have bitcoins, they're safe.

  2. Jesus Tabata:

    He didn't get out to ask workers about what is going on, that way it's easier to keep saying everything is fine - and at the same time keeping us on like slaves on miserable wages.

  3. Jakob Chychrun:

    It's nice to come back a couple of times, nice to have that adversity and keep tying it up, keeping giving ourselves a chance, we did some good things and it (stinks) not getting the two points.

  4. Prince Harry:

    This causes thousands of children to needlessly die each year because they're keeping their illness a secret and not getting the medical attention that they need.

  5. Destin Hall:

    For the first time ever, the legislature voluntarily decided not to use election data in crafting the maps. We focused only on traditional criteria like keeping counties and cities whole. North Carolinians can be proud of what has been the most transparent redistricting process in state history.

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