upkeep

[uhp-keep]
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noun
  1. 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.
  2. the total sum of the costs or expenses for this.

Origin of upkeep

First recorded in 1880–85; up- + keep
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upkeep

noun
  1. the act or process of keeping something in good repair, esp over a long period; maintenance
  2. the cost of maintenance
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Word Origin and History for upkeep
n.

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

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