Etymology
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keeping (n.)

"care, custody, charge," c. 1300, verbal noun from keep (v.). Phrase in keeping with "in harmony or agreement with" (1806) is from use of keeping in the jargon of painting to refer to a pleasing harmony of the elements of a picture (1715).

updated on March 02, 2016

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Definitions of keeping from WordNet

keeping (n.)
conformity or harmony;
his behavior was not in keeping with the occasion
keeping (n.)
the responsibility of a guardian or keeper;
he left his car in my keeping
keeping (n.)
the act of retaining something;
Synonyms: retention / holding
Etymologies are not definitions. From wordnet.princeton.edu, not affiliated with etymonline.