• WordNet 3.6
    • n upkeep activity involved in maintaining something in good working order "he wrote the manual on car care"
    • n upkeep the act of sustaining life by food or providing a means of subsistence "they were in want of sustenance","fishing was their main sustainment"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Upkeep The act of keeping up, or maintaining; maintenance of persons, organizations, or objects such as machinery, by providing a location, repairs, and consumable items when necessary. "Horse artillery . . . expensive in the upkeep .""Small outlays for repairs or upkeep of buildings."
    • Upkeep the cost of providing upkeep{1}.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n upkeep Maintenance; support; specifically, the process of keeping up an industrial ‘plant,’ a machine, an institution, etc., at its condition of maximum efficiency, as by repair and renewal.
    • n upkeep The cost of such [keeping up, including all elements of operating expense, deterioration, interest, and the like.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Upkeep up′kēp maintenance, means of support.
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  • Bill Earle
    Bill Earle
    “If your outgo exceeds your income, then your upkeep will be your downfall.”


In literature:

This was the fourth year in which no provision had been made for the upkeep of government.
"The 'Patriotes' of '37" by Alfred D. Decelles
Their upkeep was met by a universal levy.
"Merchantmen-at-Arms" by David W. Bone
That's all, besides a small tax each month to help toward the upkeep of the room.
"Janice Day" by Helen Beecher Long
Upkeep and parts replacements are prohibitive.
"Backlash" by Winston Marks
She was apportioning fifteen hundred pounds on the upkeep of her future home.
"What a Man Wills" by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
She will bring out more stores and will collect fresh funds for the upkeep of our Hospital and Dispensary.
"My Diary in Serbia: April 1, 1915-Nov. 1, 1915" by Monica M. Stanley
For their upkeep and betterment the President sought an appropriation of $500,000,000 from Congress.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume VII (of VIII)" by Various
Later on there may be more chanting, as well as cleaning and upkeep of the interior of the buildings.
"The Zen Experience" by Thomas Hoover
A government grant is made towards the cost of upkeep.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Slice 4" by Various
A unique provision for its upkeep out of Imperial funds dates from the reign of Charles II.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Slice 6" by Various

In news:

Motorists say upkeep of state's lane markings needs to improve .
Zeisz also said the homeowners association, not the city, will be responsible for services like the upkeep of roads, garbage and street lights.
Residents protest, town leaders agree to modify property upkeep law.
This can be a daunting task for those charged with the upkeep and maintenance of the grounds of the cemetery.
Motorists say upkeep of state's lane markings needs to improve.
Something to ponder during your commute: The most recent federal survey rated the upkeep of the Brooklyn Bridge lower than its collapsed Minneapolis counterpart.
Since then, the walls of four more buildings have been reduced to rubble because their ancient mortar is unable to cope with recent heavy rainfall, says Soprintendenza archeologica di Pompei , the organization charged with the site's upkeep.
This lack of upkeep was due to the fact that asphalt would be too expensive to use since it uses oil to make it.
6 upkeep tips to help patio pieces last season after season.
It says something about a community-standards violation and cites section 2B from the HOA policies handbook: All residents are responsible for the upkeep and general maintenance of.
Compels owners of foreclosed properties to pay for upkeep.
Road upkeep dispute settled between Glenville, resident.
Sheffield At Sylvan in Circleville, Ohio, is an establishment community, with an excellent reputation in Circleville for professional rental apartments, and for preserving a higher standard in the upkeep of our grounds and structures.
This Old House projects, ideas, and advice for fall upkeep , upgrades, and maintenance for your interior, exterior, and yard & garden.
City earmarks funds for upkeep of foreclosed homes.