Upkeep Up"keep`, n. 1. 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.'' --Scribner's Mag. [Webster 1913 Suppl. +PJC]

Small outlays for repairs or upkeep of buildings. --A. R. Colquhoun. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

2. the cost of providing upkeep[1]. [PJC]

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