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kept adj : (especially of promises or contracts) not violated or disregarded; "unbroken promises"; "promises kept" [syn: unbroken] [ant: broken]keep


1 the financial means whereby one lives; "each child was expected to pay for their keep"; "he applied to the state for support"; "he could no longer earn his own livelihood" [syn: support, livelihood, living, bread and butter, sustenance]
2 the main tower within the walls of a medieval castle or fortress [syn: donjon, dungeon]
3 a cell in a jail or prison [syn: hold]


1 keep in a certain state, position, or activity; e.g., "keep clean"; "hold in place"; "She always held herself as a lady"; "The students keep me on my toes" [syn: maintain, hold]
2 continue a certain state, condition, or activity; "Keep on working!"; "We continued to work into the night"; "Keep smiling"; "We went on working until well past midnight" [syn: continue, go on, proceed, go along] [ant: discontinue]
3 retain possession of; "Can I keep my old stuffed animals?"; "She kept her maiden name after she married" [syn: hold on] [ant: lose]
4 prevent from doing something or being in a certain state; "We must prevent the cancer from spreading"; "His snoring kept me from falling asleep"; "Keep the child from eating the marbles" [syn: prevent] [ant: let]
5 conform one's action or practice to; "keep appointments"; "she never keeps her promises"; "We kept to the original conditions of the contract" [syn: observe]
6 observe correctly or closely; "The pianist kept time with the metronome"; "keep count"; "I cannot keep track of all my employees" [syn: observe, maintain]
7 look after; be the keeper of; have charge of; "He keeps the shop when I am gone"
8 maintain by writing regular records; "keep a diary"; "maintain a record"; "keep notes" [syn: maintain]
9 supply with room and board; "He is keeping three women in the guest cottage"; "keep boarders"
10 allow to remain in a place or position; "We cannot continue several servants any longer"; "She retains a lawyer"; "The family's fortune waned and they could not keep their household staff"; "Our grant has run out and we cannot keep you on"; "We kept the work going as long as we could" [syn: retain, continue, keep on, keep going]
11 supply with necessities and support; "She alone sustained her family"; "The money will sustain our good cause"; "There's little to earn and many to keep" [syn: sustain, maintain]
12 fail to spoil or rot; "These potatoes keep for a long time" [syn: stay fresh]
13 celebrate, as of holidays or rites; "Keep the commandments"; "celebrate Christmas"; "Observe Yom Kippur" [syn: observe, celebrate]
14 keep under control; keep in check; "suppress a smile"; "Keep your temper"; "keep your cool" [syn: restrain, suppress, keep back, hold back]
15 maintain in safety from injury, harm, or danger; "May God keep you" [syn: preserve]
16 raise; "She keeps a few chickens in the yard"; "he keeps bees"
17 retain rights to; "keep my job for me while I give birth"; "keep my seat, please"; "keep open the possibility of a merger" [syn: keep open, hold open, save]
18 store or keep customarily; "Where do you keep your gardening tools?"
19 have as a supply; "I always keep batteries in the freezer"; "keep food for a week in the pantry"; "She keeps a sixpack and a week's worth of supplies in the refrigerator"
20 maintain for use and service; "I keep a car in the countryside"; "She keeps an apartment in Paris for her shopping trips" [syn: maintain]
21 hold and prevent from leaving; "The student was kept after school"
22 prevent (food) from rotting; "preserved meats"; "keep potatoes fresh" [syn: preserve] [also: kept]kept See keep

User Contributed Dictionary



  • /ˈkɛpt/, /"kEpt/
  • Rhymes: -ɛpt


  1. past of keep

Extensive Definition

Kept is a reality television series that centered on Jerry Hall (supermodel and ex wife to Mick Jagger) searching for a kept man. The show premiered on the American cable network VH1 in late May 2005. When Hall narrowed the list down to twelve, she spirited them off to London and eliminated them one by one.
The show, aired in the United Kingdom on the channel VH1, caused a small controversy when adverts were banned from London Underground stations. The posters in question depicted Jerry Hall holding a leash, surrounded by several young semi-dressed men, and this violated London Underground's policy of adverts featuring people as sex objects. However, the posters were on display in other locations including mainline railway stations.
Notable contestants from Kept included actor Ricardo Medina, Jr. and professional mixed martial arts fighter Frank Trigg.
The final three consisted of Anwar, Austen and Seth. In the August 4 finale, Jerry was torn between Austen and Seth but ultimately chose Seth as he knew how to have fun and she thought he had matured throughout the process. Seth claims that he got his $100 000 in prize money but after filming stopped he never saw Jerry, the penthouse apartment, or the Lamborghini again.


Jerry Hall


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Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

conserved, held, held back, held in reserve, intact, preserved, protected, put by, reserved, retained, saved, spare, spared, undamaged, unspoiled, untainted, well-conserved, withheld
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