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Definition of housekeeping noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1 the work involved in taking care of a house, especially cleaning, shopping, and managing money
  2. 2 the department in a hotel, a hospital, an office building, etc. that is responsible for cleaning the rooms, etc. Call housekeeping and ask them to bring us some clean towels.
  3. 3jobs that are done to enable an organization or computer system to work well Most large companies now use computers for accounting and housekeeping operations.
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