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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Recent Examples on the Web Many looked shabby after years of insufficient upkeep; few had the infrastructure to support e-commerce well. Fortune, "Big-Box Rebound: How Target Packaged a Turnaround," 20 Aug. 2019 Cloudflare’s previous termination of service to the Daily Stormer website had come alongside similar service termination by Google and GoDaddy, which were each responsible for maintaining different parts of the Daily Stormer’s upkeep. Aja Romano, Vox, "Vox Sentences: Two mass shootings in 24 hours," 5 Aug. 2019 How to clean white leather shoes Real leather requires a lot of upkeep. Danielle Flum, Seventeen, "How to Clean Even the Dirtiest White Shoes," 18 June 2019 The Sovereign Grant covers palace upkeep, official travel, and the Royals' household staff, which numbers over 400. TheWeek, "How the Royals get their money," 2 Feb. 2020 Complaints included parking overflow issues, bad behavior, property upkeep, noise and having to walk around cars blocking access to sidewalks and garbage cans. Beth Mlady, cleveland, "Berea homeowners seek solutions to E. Bridge St. student-occupied rentals," 15 Jan. 2020 Guests at the hotel, however, have been reporting increasing problems with upkeep, food quality and staffing. Kurtis Alexander, SFChronicle.com, "Yosemite’s Ahwahnee removes its 4-diamond plaque after complaints publicized," 7 Jan. 2020 The Queen then uses that money to pay other members of the royal family for their official duties, as well as for her own income and the upkeep of official and historical properties. Stephen Gandel, CBS News, ""Financially independent" Harry and Meghan to still get millions from British taxpayers," 9 Jan. 2020 Officials made the deal for county park officials to handle the upkeep of the parks while the city of Tomball provides water to the county’s Mathews Park. Paul Wedding, Houston Chronicle, "Five stories to watch in Tomball for 2020," 31 Dec. 2019

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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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19 Feb 2020

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“Upkeep.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/upkeep. Accessed 20 Feb. 2020.

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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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