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kept

[kept] /kɛpt/
verb
1.
simple past tense and past participle of keep.
adjective
2.
having the expression of principles, ideas, etc., controlled, dominated, or determined by one whose money provides support:
a kept press; a kept writer.
Origin
1670-1680
1670-80 for def 2
Related forms
unkept, adjective
well-kept, adjective
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Examples for unkept
  • The promise of robotics is not the only promise unkept.
  • unkept balconies are unattractive and may be considered unclean premises.
  • Inmates are expected to keep their hair clean and to avoid an unkept appearance.
  • Hair, when combed, shall not present a ragged or unkept appearance.
  • Fencerows became increasingly unkept with briars and shrubs.
  • It will not be grown to a length where it becomes unmanageable or unkept in appearance.
  • For example, unwanted pests attracted to unkept yards are not drawn to areas with well-designed natural landscapes.
British Dictionary definitions for unkept

kept

/kɛpt/
verb
1.
the past tense and past participle of keep
2.
(censorious) kept woman, a woman maintained by a man as his mistress
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