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upkeep

Noun

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]

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English

Etymology

A compound word from up + keep

Noun

  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.

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Verb

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

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Extensive Definition

Upkeep may refer to

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

TLC, aid, backing, bread, care, carriage, carrying, conservancy, conservation, conservationism, daily bread, economic support, endowment, environmental conservation, expenditure, forest conservation, forest management, keep, keeping, livelihood, living, maintenance, manna, meat, moral support, mothering, nourishment, nurture, operating costs, operation, outlay, overhead, preserval, preservation, price support, protection, provision, psychological support, reliance, repair, running, safekeeping, salvage, salvation, saving, security blanket, soil conservation, stream conservation, subsidization, subsidy, subsistence, subvention, support, supportive relationship, supportive therapy, sustaining, sustainment, sustenance, sustentation, tender loving care, upholding, water conservation, wetlands conservation, wildlife conservation
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