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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web But renters are also responsible for upkeep of their homes. Bailey Loosemore, The Courier-Journal, 14 June 2022 With approximately 4000 miles on its odometer, as well as plenty of documentation and pictures related to its upkeep, this 365GTC/4 seemingly needs little more than a new garage to call home. Greg Fink, Car and Driver, 31 May 2022 Plus, their upkeep to prevent pests and diseases from injuring the tree or ruining a crop may prove to be not worth the effort when space is at a premium. Miri Talabac, Baltimore Sun, 12 May 2022 The new stadium will be owned by the state, which will also be responsible for providing more than $100 million for its upkeep. New York Times, 16 Apr. 2022 In theory, Italy can use the oligarchs’ frozen bank accounts to help pay for the upkeep of the frozen villas and yachts. Stefano Pitrelli, Washington Post, 16 May 2022 Prior to the pandemic, the house museum welcomed 850,000 visitors a year, which helps fund the upkeep of its architectural flourishes, like the Neptune Pool and Gothic study. Olivia Hosken, Town & Country, 11 May 2022 The length or format of the original data can determine how easily replaceable the token is, which helps in the upkeep of workflow and operations. Gary Fowler, Forbes, 26 Apr. 2022 All contributions go towards the upkeep of the park and any park improvements. Hartford Courant, 21 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of upkeep

1884, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Upkeep.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/upkeep. Accessed 1 Jul. 2022.

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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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