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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.
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vb (intr) , -keeps, -keeping or -kept
to run your a household or to act as a housekeeper
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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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And there's a tight little cottage of three rooms the two of you can housekeep in.
"I would housekeep for you, and you could work as much as you pleased.
We verified the expression of these lncRNAs by qPCR using GAPDH as a housekeep gene and by calculating [2.sup.-[DELTA][DELTA]CT] values [32].
"She would be a base for members of the family coming home from university, or dropping in for a day or week on their way somewhere else; she would housekeep for them, their friends, their friends' friends.
A survey by revealed the grimy fact that men are five times less likely than women to do any household cleaning.