upkeep

[ uhp-keep ]
/ ˈʌpˌkip /

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.

Nearby words

  1. uphroe,
  2. upi,
  3. upington,
  4. upjohn,
  5. upjohn, richard,
  6. upland,
  7. upland cotton,
  8. upland plover,
  9. upland sandpiper,
  10. uplift

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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Word Origin and History for upkeep

upkeep

n.

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

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