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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 of kept
1670-1680
1670-80 for def 2
Related forms
unkept, adjective
well-kept, adjective
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  • The sea-breeze stirred the sun-blinds before the windows, and the flowers in the well-kept boxes were already gay with bloom.

    The Seven Secrets William Le Queux
  • The dresser—is there anything prettier than a well-kept dresser?

    Molly Bawn Margaret Wolfe Hamilton
  • The pavement is without a hole, without a crack, and as clear of rubbish of any kind as a well-kept kitchen floor.

    Germany and the Germans Price Collier
  • How like a well-kept garden is your soul, With bergomask and solemn minuet!

    Silverpoints John Gray
  • What once had been well-kept lawns were now covered with articles which would have been much better left in their proper places.

    Bullets & Billets Bruce Bairnsfather
British Dictionary definitions for well-kept

well-kept

adjective (well kept when postpositive)
1.
maintained in good condition: the front lawns are well kept

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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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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