Synonyms for keeping

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Haven't we spent all our surplus in keeping you up for a good marriage?

He was moving leisurely, keeping his horse at the cattle pony's lope.

I have a letter from Elfreda which I've been keeping as a surprise.

There is a penalty for keeping open, houses of entertainment.

He began to worry seriously about keeping Mr. Hichens out of his house.

"Mother, this is too bad of me, keeping you up so late," said George.

It would not be in keeping with His economy to have any entity wasted.

He can Take her In by not keeping his appointment, or—he can charter an omnibus if he likes.

And he had actually given that ring into the keeping of this girl!

However, it will not prevent the food from keeping perfectly.

WORD ORIGIN

late Old English cepan "to seize, hold," also "to observe," from Proto-Germanic *kopijanan, but with no certain connection to other languages. It possibly is related to Old English capian "to look," from Proto-Germanic *kap- (cepan was used c.1000 to render Latin observare), which would make the basic sense "to keep an eye on."

Sense of "preserve, maintain" is from mid-14c. Meaning "to maintain in proper order" is from 1550s; meaning "financially support and privately control" (usually in reference to mistresses) is from 1540s. Related: Kept; keeping.

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