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upkeep

[ uhp-keep ]
/ ˈʌpˌkip /
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noun

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.

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Origin of upkeep

First recorded in 1880–85; up- + keep
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British Dictionary definitions for upkeep

upkeep
/ (ˈʌpˌkiːp) /

noun

the act or process of keeping something in good repair, esp over a long period; maintenance
the cost of maintenance
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