From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

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.
      [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

   2. the cost of providing upkeep[1].
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