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noun up·keep \ˈəp-ˌkēp\

: the process of keeping something in good condition : the care or maintenance of buildings, equipment, etc.

Full Definition of UPKEEP

:  the act of maintaining in good condition :  the state of being maintained in good condition
:  the cost of maintaining in good condition

Examples of UPKEEP

  1. Who is responsible for the upkeep of these buildings?
  2. Once your car gets that old, the cost of upkeep can get very expensive.
  3. The yard requires very little upkeep.
  4. We sold our horse because we could no longer afford its upkeep.

First Known Use of UPKEEP

UPKEEP Defined for Kids


noun up·keep \ˈəp-ˌkēp\

Definition of UPKEEP for Kids

:  the act or cost of keeping something in good condition <… “the rent is cheaper than what your old house costs in upkeep.” — Ellen Raskin, The Westing Game>


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