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[kept] /kɛpt/
simple past tense and past participle of keep.
having the expression of principles, ideas, etc., controlled, dominated, or determined by one whose money provides support:
a kept press; a kept writer.
Origin of kept
1670-80 for def 2
Related forms
unkept, adjective
well-kept, adjective Unabridged
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  • It is an unkept, an unconscious school or gymnasium, and is entirely instinctive.

    Ways of Nature John Burroughs
  • Nic was silent, and the horse stumbled through putting a foot into a deep rut of the unkept road.

    First in the Field George Manville Fenn
  • The place seemed half deserted, unkept, the walks littered with last year's rotting leaves.

    The Debatable Land Arthur Colton
  • Just a small empty house with three unkept little children racing through and around it.

    A Girl Of The Limberlost Gene Stratton Porter
  • The Champs Elyses was comparatively deserted; already it had an unkept appearance.

  • The Count, attracted by their pale faces, hollow eyes and unkept beards, waited for them to cross the court.

  • The ordinary garden forms of Raspberry also make fine groups in the unkept parts of the grounds.

  • In the country the old Roman roads were unmended, unkept; Europe was slipping backwards into uttermost barbarism.

  • Among the unkept stipulations of the marriage contract was a provision for the building of a chapel for the Queen's use.

    Henrietta Maria

    Henrietta Haynes
  • But he would not turn into the unkept road that led over the moor to the house.

    The Sleuth of St. James's Square Melville Davisson Post
British Dictionary definitions for unkept


the past tense and past participle of keep
(censorious) kept woman, a woman maintained by a man as his mistress
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for unkept

mid-14c., from un- (1) "not" + past participle of keep (v.).


past tense of keep (v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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