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[hous-keep] /ˈhaʊsˌkip/
verb (used without object), housekept, housekeeping.
to keep or maintain a house.
Origin of housekeep
First recorded in 1835-45; back formation from housekeeping Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • You'll housekeep, Sadie, and we four will go and earn dollars.

    The Hero of Panama

    F. S. Brereton
  • You know you said it was not worth while for me to learn to housekeep.

    A Life For a Love L. T. Meade
  • I wonder, if I refuse to housekeep, whether I 'll get—a better offer.

    The Story Of Waitstill Baxter By Kate Douglas Wiggin
  • Helen, who from the first had insisted on nursing her father herself, had no time to housekeep.

    Polly L. T. Meade
  • "Call on me to housekeep for you at any time," cried Polly gayly.

    The Unspeakable Perk Samuel Hopkins Adams
  • It is hard to housekeep on a small allowance, and now that we have to save for the baby's coming, I have to count every penny.

    Virginia Ellen Glasgow
  • An' 'bout two yeah' ayfteh yo' gramma die' my sisteh, my yalleh sisteh, she housekeep fo' yo' grampa—a shawt spell.

    Gideon's Band George W. Cable
  • Yes; reckon she'll housekeep for your uncle till you get back; won't ye, Nellie?

    Contemporary One-Act Plays Sir James M. Barrie
  • Judge Dickinson wants me to go to Alfred and housekeep for him, and I'd named twelve dollars a month.

    The Story Of Waitstill Baxter By Kate Douglas Wiggin
  • Twelve years before she had come here to "housekeep," as the old phrase went.

    A Little Girl in Old Boston Amanda Millie Douglas

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