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[uhp-keep] /ˈʌpˌkip/
the process or activity of providing an establishment, machine, person, etc., with necessary or proper maintenance, repairs, support, or the like:
The machine's faulty operation shows that no one has attended to its upkeep.
the total sum of the costs or expenses for this.
Origin of upkeep
First recorded in 1880-85; up- + keep Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • What with Paliser Place, its upkeep and the rest of it, it must be a pittance.

    The Paliser case Edgar Saltus
  • All you have ever accepted is the laboratory you use, its upkeep, and a small annual income.

    The Black Star Passes John W Campbell
  • The Master liked to talk of poetry, history, and the upkeep of courtesy.

  • In 1918 Congress made appropriations for its upkeep and development.

    The Book of the National Parks Robert Sterling Yard
  • But it is honourable to pay taxes for the upkeep of a good community.

    The Canadian Girl at Work Marjory MacMurchy
British Dictionary definitions for upkeep


the act or process of keeping something in good repair, esp over a long period; maintenance
the cost of maintenance
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for upkeep

"maintenance; cost of maintenance," 1884, from up + keep (v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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