kept

[kept]
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adjective
  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
Related formsun·kept, adjectivewell-kept, adjective
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Contemporary Examples of well-kept

Historical Examples of well-kept

  • 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

    Francis Rolt-Wheeler

  • The secret of our intention had been well-kept till within a week of the day.

    Tom, Dick and Harry

    Talbot Baines Reed


British Dictionary definitions for well-kept

well-kept

adjective (well kept when postpositive)
  1. maintained in good conditionthe front lawns are well kept

kept

verb
  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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Word Origin and History for well-kept
adj.

c.1400, from well (adv.) + past participle of keep.

kept

past tense of keep (v.).

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