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1. Performance or management of household tasks.
2. Management and maintenance of the property of an institution or organization.
3. Routine tasks and procedures carried out in the functioning of an operation or system.
4. A department in a hotel or institution that is in charge of cleaning and minor maintenance.

house′keep′ v.


vb (intr) , -keeps, -keeping or -kept
to run your a household or to act as a housekeeper



v.i. -kept, -keep•ing.
to keep or maintain a house.
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Verb1.housekeep - maintain a household; take care of all business related to a household
hold, keep, maintain - keep in a certain state, position, or activity; e.g., "keep clean"; "hold in place"; "She always held herself as a lady"; "The students keep me on my toes"
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I would housekeep for you, and you could work as much as you pleased.
And there's a tight little cottage of three rooms the two of you can housekeep in.
Simon Brown, ForrestBrown Limited Avin Rabheru, HouseKeep Sarah Bale, Kernow Ed Ltd.