- 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
Examples from the Web for well-kept
Millions of dollars in renovation later the building is gorgeous—Clean, well-kept, organized.His First Day Out Of Jail After 40 Years: Adjusting To Life Outside
January 3, 2015
I guess that White House confirmation strategy is a well-kept secret.Where the Hell Is the Surgeon General?
Roland S. Martin
October 9, 2014
Saint Joseph white is such a small production and a well-kept secret.What to Drink in 2014: 13 Chefs and Critics Picks
January 11, 2014
It features the Charlotte Nature Museum, a well-kept baseball field, and a large body of water.Dilworth, Charlotte: Mistressville, U.S.A.?
November 12, 2012
If that personal commitment exists on the part of Obama, it has been a well-kept secret.Obama "committed" on Jerusalem? Riiiiight.
September 6, 2012
She interrupted him with an impatient wave of a well-kept hand.Louisiana Lou
William West Winter
The general appearance of a well-kept van is that of a state-room.The Gypsies
Charles G. Leland
The dresser—is there anything prettier than a well-kept dresser?Molly Bawn
Margaret Wolfe Hamilton
They stayed that night at a small, but well-kept house, hidden in the forests.Plotting in Pirate Seas
The secret of our intention had been well-kept till within a week of the day.Tom, Dick and Harry
Talbot Baines Reed
- maintained in good conditionthe front lawns are well kept
- the past tense and past participle of keep
- kept woman censorious a woman maintained by a man as his mistress
Word Origin and History for well-kept
past tense of keep (v.).