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.

Nearby words

  1. kepler's law,
  2. kepler's laws,
  3. kepler's laws of planetary motion,
  4. kepler, johannes,
  5. keplerian,
  6. ker-,
  7. kerak,
  8. kerala,
  9. keramic,
  10. keramics

Origin of kept

1670–80 for def 2

Related formsun·kept, adjectivewell-kept, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for well-kept


adjective (well kept when postpositive)

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
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Word Origin and History for well-kept
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