Synonyms of keeping


1. keeping, conformity, conformation, compliance, abidance

usage: conformity or harmony; "his behavior was not in keeping with the occasion"

2. guardianship, keeping, safekeeping, duty, responsibility, obligation

usage: the responsibility of a guardian or keeper; "he left his car in my keeping"

3. retention, keeping, holding, possession, ownership

usage: the act of retaining something


1. keep, maintain, hold

usage: 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"

2. continue, go on, proceed, go along, keep, act, move

usage: 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"

3. keep, hold on, have, have got, hold

usage: retain possession of; "Can I keep my old stuffed animals?"; "She kept her maiden name after she married"

4. prevent, keep

usage: stop (someone or something) from doing something or being in a certain state; "We must prevent the cancer from spreading"; "His snoring kept me from falling asleep"; "Keep the child from eating the marbles"

5. observe, keep

usage: conform one's action or practice to; "keep appointments"; "she never keeps her promises"; "We kept to the original conditions of the contract"

6. observe, keep, maintain

usage: stick to correctly or closely; "The pianist kept time with the metronome"; "keep count"; "I cannot keep track of all my employees"

7. keep, have, have got, hold

usage: look after; be the keeper of; have charge of; "He keeps the shop when I am gone"

8. keep, maintain, record, enter, put down

usage: maintain by writing regular records; "keep a diary"; "maintain a record"; "keep notes"

9. keep, lodge, accommodate

usage: supply with room and board; "He is keeping three women in the guest cottage"; "keep boarders"

10. retain, continue, keep, keep on, prolong, sustain, keep up

usage: 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"

11. sustain, keep, maintain, have, have got, hold

usage: 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"

12. keep, stay fresh, stay, remain, rest

usage: fail to spoil or rot; "These potatoes keep for a long time"

13. observe, celebrate, keep

usage: behave as expected during of holidays or rites; "Keep the commandments"; "celebrate Christmas"; "Observe Yom Kippur"

14. restrain, keep, keep back, hold back, inhibit, bottle up, suppress

usage: keep under control; keep in check; "suppress a smile"; "Keep your temper"; "keep your cool"

15. keep, preserve, protect

usage: maintain in safety from injury, harm, or danger; "May God keep you"

16. keep, grow, raise, farm, produce

usage: raise; "She keeps a few chickens in the yard"; "he keeps bees"

17. keep open, hold open, keep, save, reserve, hold, book

usage: retain rights to; "keep my job for me while I give birth"; "keep my seat, please"; "keep open the possibility of a merger"

18. keep, store

usage: store or keep customarily; "Where do you keep your gardening tools?"

19. keep, have, have got, hold

usage: 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"

20. keep, maintain, have, have got, hold

usage: maintain for use and service; "I keep a car in the countryside"; "She keeps an apartment in Paris for her shopping trips"

21. keep, confine, detain

usage: hold and prevent from leaving; "The student was kept after school"

22. preserve, keep, cook, fix, ready, make, prepare

usage: prevent (food) from rotting; "preserved meats"; "keep potatoes fresh"

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Definition and meaning of keeping (Dictionary)