upkeep

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up +‎ keep

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upkeep (usually uncountable, plural upkeeps)

  1. Maintenance; the act or effort of keeping something in good and working condition.
    I would enjoy having a swimming pool, but I don't want to deal with the upkeep.
    • 1945 August 17, George Orwell [pseudonym; Eric Arthur Blair], chapter 6, in Animal Farm: A Fairy Story, London: Secker & Warburg, OCLC 3655473:
      [] it was unnecessary to fence off pasture from arable land, which saved a lot of labour on the upkeep of hedges and gates.
    • 2020 August 12, Andrew Mourant, “The tide is turning for a Victorian wonder”, in Rail, page 51:
      The story of upkeep has been never-ending. Between 1997-2000, a major programme of maintenance entailed replacing superstructure timbers - 50 main rail beams were replaced with greenheart, along with a similar number of edge beams.

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upkeep (third-person singular simple present upkeeps, present participle upkeeping, simple past and past participle upkept)

  1. (transitive, Britain) To maintain (something) or keep it in good repair.
    • 2014, James Blackthorne, Meditations of Madness: The Lost Empires Exposed[1]:
      As for the city's buildings, it mostly resembled a town of white spires and cobblestone streets lined with flowerbeds that were upkept by magical means.
    Do you know how to upkeep a boat?

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