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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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Examples from the Web for well kept
Historical Examples
  • 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


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


past tense of keep (v.).

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