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.
the total sum of the costs or expenses for this.

1880–85; up- + keep

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upkeep (ˈʌpˌkiːp)
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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Example sentences
We now plan to charge a nominal fee for use and use the funds for maintenance,
  upkeep and for electricity and bandwidth.
It wasn't the architecture, it was the maintenance and upkeep of the buildings
We provide building maintenance and upkeep at our county facilities to ensure a
  clean and functional environment.
The result is the look of nature without the upkeep of a whole pond ecosystem.
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