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kept

[kept] /kɛpt/
verb
1.
simple past tense and past participle of keep.
adjective
2.
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
1670-1680
1670-80 for def 2
Related forms
unkept, adjective
well-kept, adjective
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Examples from the Web for well kept
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  • This broad pledge was so well kept that at the age of nineteen he was made a partner.

  • While his head is well kept up, he cannot do much mischief with his heels.

  • The room looked just as it used to look, just as neat, just as homelike, just as well kept.

    The Portygee Joseph Crosby Lincoln
  • Even her hands, reddened and calloused by labor, were well kept and shapely.

    They of the High Trails

    Hamlin Garland
  • In Kelley's estimation he was almost too well kept for a man nearing fifty.

    They of the High Trails

    Hamlin Garland
  • The gardens are well kept, and produce quantities of fruit and vegetables.

    Shawl-Straps Louisa M. Alcott
  • Although known to so many persons, the secret was well kept.

    The Reign of Mary Tudor W. Llewelyn Williams.
  • There was enough furniture, solid and well kept, in all the rooms.

    New Italian sketches John Addington Symonds
  • The part occupied by the foreign legations is modern and well kept.

    Commercial Geography

    Jacques W. Redway
  • Two of the berths were occupied by fat Earth ships, sleek and well kept.

    Victory Lester del Rey
British Dictionary definitions for well kept

kept

/kɛpt/
verb
1.
the past tense and past participle of keep
2.
(censorious) kept woman, a woman maintained by a man as his mistress
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Word Origin and History for well kept

kept

past tense of keep (v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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