well-kept for learners of EnglishPowered by COBUILD also well kept
1. graded adjective & adjective
A well-kept building, street, garden, or other place is alwaysneat and tidy because it is carefully looked after. ⇒ ...two idyllic thatched cottages with well-kept gardens. ⇒ ...broad, well-kept streets.
2. graded adjective & adjective [usu ADJ n]
A well-keptsecret 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.