upkeep

noun up·keep \ ˈəp-ˌkēp \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

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 in a Sentence

  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.

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First Known Use of upkeep

1884


UPKEEP Defined for English Language Learners

upkeep

noun

Definition of upkeep for English Language Learners

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


UPKEEP Defined for Kids

upkeep

noun up·keep \ ˈəp-ˌkēp \

Definition of upkeep for Students

: 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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