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upkeep

[uhp-keep] /ˈʌpˌkip/
noun
1.
the process or activity of providing an establishment, machine, person, etc., with necessary or proper maintenance, repairs, support, or the like:
The machine's faulty operation shows that no one has attended to its upkeep.
2.
the total sum of the costs or expenses for this.
Origin
1880-1885
1880-85; up- + keep
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  • The result is the look of nature without the upkeep of a whole pond ecosystem.
  • The decline in social organization may have made the upkeep of public buildings a difficult economic and political endeavor.
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  • But he knows that such ideals cannot survive without power, and that power requires careful upkeep.
  • The initial cost is negligible, the upkeep-a drop of water every three days-even more so.
  • Nerds are instrumental in the upkeep of state of the art technological civilization.
British Dictionary definitions for upkeep

upkeep

/ˈʌpˌkiːp/
noun
1.
the act or process of keeping something in good repair, esp over a long period; maintenance
2.
the cost of maintenance
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Word Origin and History for upkeep
n.

"maintenance; cost of maintenance," 1884, from up + keep (v.).

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