- well′-kept′ adj.
From formal English to slang. 2014.
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well-kept — adj 1.) a well kept building or garden is very well cared for and looks neat and clean 2.) a well kept secret is known only to a few people … Dictionary of contemporary English
well-kept — adjective a well kept place such as a house or yard looks good because someone often works on its appearance well kept secret a fact that some people know but do not share with everyone … Usage of the words and phrases in modern English
well-kept — c.1400, from WELL (Cf. well) (adv.) + pp. of KEEP (Cf. keep) … Etymology dictionary
well-kept — also well kept 1) ADJ GRADED A well kept building, street, garden, or other place is always neat and tidy because it is carefully looked after. ...two idyllic thatched cottages with well kept gardens. ...broad, well kept streets. 2) ADJ GRADED:… … English dictionary
well-kept — adjective 1 a well kept building or garden is very well cared for and looks neat and clean 2 a well kept secret is known only to a few people … Longman dictionary of contemporary English
well-kept — UK / US adjective a well kept place such as a house or garden looks good because someone often works on its appearance • a well kept secret … English dictionary
ˌwell-ˈkept — adj a well kept place looks good because someone looks after it carefully • well kept secret a fact that some people know but do not share with everyone[/ex] … Dictionary for writing and speaking English
well-kept — /ˈwɛl kɛpt/ (say wel kept) adjective carefully stored, protected, maintained, etc. Also, (especially in predicative use), well kept /wɛl ˈkɛpt/ (say wel kept) … Australian English dictionary
well-kept — adj. Well kept is used with these nouns: ↑secret … Collocations dictionary
well kept — see well kept … English dictionary