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See synonyms for kept on
  1. simple past tense and past participle of keep.

  1. 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

Other words from kept

  • un·kept, adjective
  • well-kept, adjective

Words Nearby kept Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use kept in a sentence

  • And that was that if he and his wife were to ever live together again and be happy, the family were to be kept out of it.

    The Homesteader | Oscar Micheaux
  • The Princess still kept her eyes fixed on Louis, while, in a suppressed and unsteady voice, she answered her governess.

  • Edna Pontellier, casting her eyes about, had finally kept them at rest upon the sea.

  • She kept her eyes fixed steadily on his, saying what followed gently, calmly, yet as though another woman spoke the words.

    The Wave | Algernon Blackwood
  • The major-general kept him well informed of every movement of the enemy, and pointed out the dangerous isolation of Davout.

    Napoleon's Marshals | R. P. Dunn-Pattison

British Dictionary definitions for kept


/ (kɛpt) /

  1. the past tense and past participle of keep

  2. kept woman censorious a woman maintained by a man as his mistress

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