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[kept] /kɛpt/
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
1670-80 for def 2
Related forms
unkept, adjective
well-kept, adjective Unabridged
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  • Even the unkept grass in which her light feet were set was wild with white daisies.

    Prisoners Mary Cholmondeley
  • Nic was silent, and the horse stumbled through putting a foot into a deep rut of the unkept road.

    First in the Field George Manville Fenn
  • Whatever you did really trust Him to keep, He has kept, and the unkept things were never really entrusted.

    Kept for the Master's Use Frances Ridley Havergal
  • The Count, attracted by their pale faces, hollow eyes and unkept beards, waited for them to cross the court.

  • The little man fretted his fingers nervously through his unkept hair, and his face assumed an air of great seriousness.

    The Von Toodleburgs F. Colburn Adams
  • Among the unkept stipulations of the marriage contract was a provision for the building of a chapel for the Queen's use.

    Henrietta Maria Henrietta Haynes
  • This thrifty condition of unkept apple orchards delighted me.

    The Fat of the Land John Williams Streeter
  • But he would not turn into the unkept road that led over the moor to the house.

    The Sleuth of St. James's Square Melville Davisson Post
  • It is an unkept, an unconscious school or gymnasium, and is entirely instinctive.

    Ways of Nature John Burroughs
  • It was in a grass field, divided from the one he was walking in by a large, unkept hedge without a gap in it to let him through.

    A Shepherd's Life W. H. Hudson
British Dictionary definitions for unkept


the past tense and past participle of keep
(censorious) kept woman, a woman maintained by a man as his mistress
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for unkept

mid-14c., from un- (1) "not" + past participle of keep (v.).


past tense of keep (v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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