well-kept


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: usu ADJ n A well-kept secret has not been told or made known to anyone, or has been told or made known to only a small number of people.

His resignation was such a well-kept secret that only Leavis knew about it in advance.


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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 — well′ kept′ adj …   From formal English to slang

  • 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