1. A holding; restraint; custody; guard; charge; care; preservation. His happiness is in his own keeping. (South)
2. Maintenance; support; provision; feed; as, the cattle have good keeping. The work of many hands, which earns my keeping. (Milton)
3. Conformity; congruity; harmony; consistency; as, these subjects are in keeping with each other.
4. Harmony or correspondence between the different parts of a work of art; as, the foreground of this painting is not in keeping. Keeping room, a family sitting room.
Synonym: care, guardianship, custody, possession.