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housekeeping

[hous-kee-ping] /ˈhaʊsˌki pɪŋ/
noun
1.
the maintenance of a house or domestic establishment.
2.
the management of household affairs.
3.
the management, care, and servicing of property and equipment of an industrial or commercial building or organization.
4.
the ongoing routine, procedures, operations, and management of a commercial enterprise, government, organization, or the like.
5.
Computers. system tasks, as initialization and managing peripheral devices, that must be done to permit a computer program to execute properly but that do not directly contribute to program output.
Origin of housekeeping
1530-1540
First recorded in 1530-40; house + keeping

housekeep

[hous-keep] /ˈhaʊsˌkip/
verb (used without object), housekept, housekeeping.
1.
to keep or maintain a house.
Origin
First recorded in 1835-45; back formation from housekeeping
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Examples from the Web for housekeeping
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  • This caretaker was a man, but with all the housekeeping ability of a woman.

  • That's not good for housekeeping; it's foolish waste of time.

  • "The housekeeping is enough," she answered, with her tranquil smile.

    Questionable Shapes William Dean Howells
  • Her housekeeping capacity was not large enough to comprehend them.

    Barnaby Rudge Charles Dickens
  • Money had long since been saved to set them up in housekeeping.

    L'Assommoir Emile Zola
  • His mother, an old vest-maker, now had to do housekeeping because her eyesight was poor.

    L'Assommoir Emile Zola
  • In fact she was altogether a failure, so far as her housekeeping was concerned.

    Cy Whittaker's Place Joseph C. Lincoln
British Dictionary definitions for housekeeping

housekeeping

/ˈhaʊsˌkiːpɪŋ/
noun
1.
the running of a household
2.
money allocated for the running of a household
3.
organization and tidiness in general, as of an office, shop, etc
4.
the general maintenance of a computer storage system, including removal of obsolete files, documentation, security copying, etc
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Word Origin and History for housekeeping
n.

1540s, from house (n.) + present participle of keep (v.).

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