kept

[ kept ]
/ kɛpt /

verb

simple past tense and past participle of keep.

adjective

having the expression of principles, ideas, etc., controlled, dominated, or determined by one whose money provides support: a kept press; a kept writer.

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Origin of kept

1670–80 for def. 2

OTHER WORDS FROM kept

un·kept, adjectivewell-kept, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for kept

kept
/ (kɛpt) /

verb

the past tense and past participle of keep
kept woman censorious a woman maintained by a man as his mistress
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