un·​kept | \ ˌən-ˈkept How to pronounce unkept (audio) \

Definition of unkept

: not kept an unkept promise an unkept garden

Examples of unkept in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But the burst of government assistance, followed by the next steps of a robust agenda proposed by Biden, carries the risk of promises unkept. Jeff Zeleny, CNN, "How the Biden presidency looks from one pivotal Pennsylvania county, 100 days in," 28 Apr. 2021 Instead, a pandemic had pushed an already crumbling economy to a breaking point, and pushed Zimbabweans fed up with its unkept promises into a new wave of protests. Tendai Marima, The Christian Science Monitor, "Two families, two babies, and one – thinning – hope for a new Zimbabwe," 2 Nov. 2020 Since then, homes on the block have been largely unkept or uninhabited. Washington Post, "A Baltimore house once owned by Frederick Douglass has become a history lesson," 17 Aug. 2020 For many, the promises of airline reservations made but unkept, cost them thousands and upended Christmas travel plans. Washington Post, "She was ordered to repay victims she scammed as a travel agent. She then scammed new victims to pay back the old ones, prosecutors said.," 24 Dec. 2019 But unkept promises and scandal have blunted the telegenic Liberal leader’s prospects. Amanda Coletta, Washington Post, "Trudeau and Scheer in tight race as Canadians cast ballots," 21 Oct. 2019 Many slaves were forced to fight on both sides with the unkept promise of freedom. Nina Strochlic, National Geographic, "How slavery flourished in the United States," 23 Aug. 2019 On Vogue’s September cover, Queen B has traded a traditional garland for a crown of wild, unkept blooms. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "In Honor of Beyoncé’s September Cover, the Best Floral Headpieces on the Runway," 7 Aug. 2018 The wilderness looks unkept and threatening, but seethes with life. Holland Cotter, New York Times, "Thomas Cole, American Moralist," 15 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of unkept

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Unkept.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unkept. Accessed 17 May. 2021.

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