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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How to use upkeep in a sentence
On the upkeep side, they use a special coating called Aquaseal which prevents water, gel and foam from going too deep into the shaving heads and hindering their cutting capacity.Best electric shaver: Get a smooth shave with our picks | Jeremy Helligar | December 18, 2020 | Popular-Science
Whereas in a single family home, the entire house upkeep is to be paid for out of the household budget.
Some salons lack a track record of safety, and all the people I talked to have weighed health concerns against their desire to go back to their typical upkeep routine.
Municipal robofleets are unleashed to do the dull, dirty, and dangerous work of urban upkeep.The Self-Driving Car Is a Red Herring - Issue 92: Frontiers | Anthony Townsend | October 21, 2020 | Nautilus
It has a simpler design that is meant to need less upkeep and plumbing, leaving the astronauts more time to focus on the science they’re there for.NASA is preparing to send its $23 million toilet to space | Rachael Zisk | September 29, 2020 | Popular-Science
Shaving: the most boring, tedious thing a man must do in his little retinue of personal upkeep chores.Leo, the Beard Has to Go: When a Man’s Facial Hair Reaches Crisis Point | Tim Teeman | September 22, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
upkeep of the island has been pricey, but Sealand has found ways to pay the bills.
For the following 70 years, de Florian paid the rent and upkeep on the home without ever returning.
Hodge also criticized the Royal Household for not maintaining the upkeep of its royal properties, including Buckingham Palace.
Readers, he once wrote, should be “as much interested in the upkeep of the papers as the managers and the editors are.”
He had built good buildings, but he specialized in repairs—in the upkeep of property—and he had many clients.David Lannarck, Midget | George S. Harney
But none of them had ever contributed anything serious to the upkeep of the house.Happy House | Betsey Riddle, Freifrau von Hutten zum Stolzenberg
But it is honourable to pay taxes for the upkeep of a good community.The Canadian Girl at Work | Marjory MacMurchy
I thought two thousand would provide the building, and the town might be willing to pay for its upkeep.The Little Missis | Charlotte Skinner
You realise, of course, that I cannot be responsible for your upkeep.'Under the Chinese Dragon | F. S. Brereton
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
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