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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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  • The secret of her early ill-starred love and marriage had been so well kept all those years, it was useless to betray it now.

    A Fair Mystery Bertha M. Clay
  • There was enough furniture, solid and well kept, in all the rooms.

    New Italian sketches John Addington Symonds
  • Our hotel, it must be added, is clean and well kept, and even furnished with the luxury of baths.

    The Roof of France Matilda Betham-Edwards
  • The part occupied by the foreign legations is modern and well kept.

    Commercial Geography Jacques W. Redway
  • One of his hands was ungloved, and she noted appreciatively how finely shaped it was, how white and well kept.

  • The officer, the soldiers, and their horses all looked smart and well kept.

    War and Peace Leo Tolstoy
  • The road from Colmar to Freiburg is an excellent one, well marked, and well kept up.

    Winged Wheels in France Michael Myers Shoemaker
  • This broad pledge was so well kept that at the age of nineteen he was made a partner.

  • It, in common with the other ruins in Trèves, is well kept and preserved.

    The Life of the Moselle Octavius Rooke
  • While his head is well kept up, he cannot do much mischief with his heels.

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.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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