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Meaning of keeper

keep•er

Pronunciation: (kē'pur), [key]
— n.
  1. a person who guards or watches, as at a prison or gate.
  2. a person who assumes responsibility for another's behavior: He refused to be his brother's keeper.
  3. a person who owns or operates a business (usually used in combination): a hotelkeeper.
  4. a person who is responsible for the maintenance of something (often used in combination): a zookeeper; a groundskeeper.
  5. a person charged with responsibility for the preservation and conservation of something valuable, as a curator or game warden.
  6. a person who conforms to or abides by a requirement: a keeper of his word.
  7. a fish that is of sufficient size to be caught and retained without violating the law.
  8. a play in which the quarterback retains the ball and runs with it, usually after faking a hand-off or pass.
  9. something that serves to hold in place, retain, etc., as on a door lock.
  10. something that lasts well, as a fruit.
  11. See
  12. an iron or steel bar placed across the poles of a permanent horseshoe magnet for preserving the strength of the magnet during storage.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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