the maintenance of a house or domestic establishment.
the management of household affairs.
the management, care, and servicing of property and equipment of an industrial or commercial building or organization.
the ongoing routine, procedures, operations, and management of a commercial enterprise, government, organization, or the like.
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.

1530–40; house + keeping Unabridged


verb (used without object), housekept, housekeeping.
to keep or maintain a house.

1835–45; back formation from housekeeping Unabridged
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housekeeping (ˈhaʊsˌkiːpɪŋ)
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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Example sentences
It was invented by a mom who studied sanitation and housekeeping while getting
  a degree in hotel management.
The companion never performs the services of a maid-but she occasionally does
  the housekeeping.
He may leave to others the costly conveniences of housekeeping, and large
  hospitality, and the possession of works of art.
Housekeeping provides services for guests staying seven or more nights, and
  additional cleaning services may be purchased.
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