upkeep


up·keep

noun \ˈəp-ˌkēp\

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

Full Definition of UPKEEP

1
:  the act of maintaining in good condition :  the state of being maintained in good condition
2
:  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

1884

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