up·​keep | \ ˈəp-ˌkēp How to pronounce upkeep (audio) \

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

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Examples of upkeep in a Sentence

Who is responsible for the upkeep of these buildings? Once your car gets that old, the cost of upkeep can get very expensive. The yard requires very little upkeep. We sold our horse because we could no longer afford its upkeep.
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Score a brand-new look for your bathroom with a super-convenient upgrade from this GH Seal star that takes the stress out of renovation and upkeep. The Good Housekeeping Institute, Good Housekeeping, "GH Seal Spotlight: Bath Planet by BCI," 5 Apr. 2019 Given that the Gateway will not permanently house astronauts, as is the case with the International Space Station, this upkeep will keep the station functional. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Canada Offers Robot Arm for NASA's 'Lunar Gateway' Program," 1 Mar. 2019 His daughter Giovanna Gentile, who was appointed by her mother to design the label’s first ready-to-wear line in 1960, steers the building’s restoration, interior design, and upkeep. Erik Maza, Town & Country, "Exclusive: Tour Florence's Rarely Seen Palazzo Spini Feroni," 27 Feb. 2019 The chip-free solution that requires minimal upkeep might just be next season's biggest—and easiest—wedding day trend. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "Jennifer Lawrence Reveals Her Engagement Ring—And a Bridal Manicure Trend in the Making," 22 Feb. 2019 Some, like Michael Heizer’s mile-and-a-half-long City in the Nevada desert, have been in progress longer than Turrell’s Roden Crater, struggling with funding and upkeep. Jay Cheshes, WSJ, "James Turrell’s New Masterpiece in the Desert," 14 Jan. 2019 The Mariners finally got that sweet lease deal signed by the government this week — the one in which taxpayers were corralled into putting another $135 million into upkeep at the stadium. Danny Westneat, The Seattle Times, "Whose stadium is it? They tell us it’s ours, only not when it comes to selling the big money name," 12 Dec. 2018 My new brows look unbelievably natural and require no day-to-day upkeep at all. Jessica Yarbrough, SELF, "Microblading Helped Me Stop Obsessively Pulling Out My Eyebrows," 5 Dec. 2018 Bloomberg estimates that superyacht owners pay about 10 percent of the boat’s total value in upkeep each year, meaning that a $500 million boat like Geffen’s would cost at least $50 million per year to maintain. Gaby Del Valle, Vox, "What are rich people buying now? Superyachts, apparently.," 8 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of upkeep

1884, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of upkeep was in 1884

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English Language Learners Definition of upkeep

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


up·​keep | \ ˈəp-ˌkēp How to pronounce upkeep (audio) \

Kids Definition of upkeep

: 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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