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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
1530-1540
1530-40; house + keeping

housekeep

[hous-keep] /ˈhaʊsˌkip/
verb (used without object), housekept, housekeeping.
1.
to keep or maintain a house.
Origin
1835-45; back formation from housekeeping
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British Dictionary definitions for house-keeping

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 house-keeping

housekeeping

n.

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

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