AskDefine | Define upkeep

Dictionary Definition



1 activity involved in maintaining something in good working order; "he wrote the manual on car care" [syn: care, maintenance]
2 the act of sustaining life by food or providing a means of subsistence; "they were in want of sustenance"; "fishing was their main sustainment" [syn: sustenance, sustentation, sustainment, maintenance]

User Contributed Dictionary



A compound word from up + keep


  1. maintenance; the act or effort of keeping something in good repair
    I would enjoy having a swimming pool, but I don't want to deal with the upkeep.



  1. transitive UK to maintain (something) or keep it in good repair
    Do you know how to upkeep a boat?


Extensive Definition

Upkeep may refer to

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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