Definition of upkeep in English:



  • 1[mass noun] The process of keeping something in good condition:

    ‘we will be responsible for the upkeep of the access road’
    • ‘In recent years his work has concentrated on the design, maintenance and upkeep of roads and pavements.’
    • ‘The old dairy and tea rooms both belong to British Waterways, which is responsible for the upkeep of the canal.’
    • ‘Hull, however, would draw up an agreement which would make clear it owns the meadows and will be responsible for their upkeep.’
    • ‘I guess I thought it would also be easier to upkeep the confidentiality of the service if nobody knew I was part of it.’
    • ‘It is ours and we are responsible for the upkeep of it.’
    • ‘He went on to say Clonaslee is our village and we as a community are responsible for its upkeep.’
    • ‘On the contrary, the land requires upkeep and maintenance and provides little benefit.’
    • ‘All of a sudden, I became responsible for the upkeep of my car and lots of other things.’
    • ‘The council will be responsible for the day-to-day upkeep of the reserve.’
    • ‘The dog is now fast approaching his teens, and although relatively fit, he needs the occasional visit to a vet for upkeep and maintenance.’
    • ‘Parents and children will be responsible for the upkeep of the trees.’
    • ‘Does the club feel they have any social responsibility for the upkeep of their grounds?’
    • ‘The only problem is, your skills require constant upkeep, or they will drain away.’
    • ‘It has also been the subject of a lot of political wrangling, and last year responsibility for its upkeep passed to a group of town councillors.’
    • ‘Pianos require little upkeep, except for a twice-yearly tuning, and will last for years within a family.’
    • ‘If we are going to insist on equal pay and full access to the workplace, then we also have to take responsibility for our own upkeep.’
    • ‘Swindon Council, which is responsible for the upkeep of the toilets, has organised yet another major clean-up.’
    • ‘Babb said that in the interim, the ministry would continue the maintenance and upkeep of the other schools.’
    • ‘The council is not responsible for the upkeep of the shops.’
    • ‘Words of praise must also go to all committee members who are responsible for the upkeep of the church and cemetery.’
    maintenance, service, servicing, care, aftercare, preservation, conservation, running
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    1. 1.1 Financial or material support of a person or animal:
      ‘payments for the children's upkeep’
      • ‘For £15 a year, you can adopt a donkey at the Scottish Borders Donkey Sanctuary, paying for its upkeep.’
      • ‘Each priest pays four per cent of his yearly income towards the upkeep of the retired or sick priests of the Diocese.’
      • ‘Thirty-five thousand children have a parent who does not make a contribution to their upkeep.’
      • ‘In either case, partners buy an interest in a horse and share in the animal's upkeep.’
      • ‘In an ensuing paternity case, tests proved that Chaplin was not the father but he was still forced to contribute to the child's upkeep.’
      • ‘Members of the public are being asked to adopt an animal and pay for its upkeep.’
      • ‘He suggested that traditional hunt events like balls could be launched to pay for the animals' upkeep.’
      • ‘There should be more stringent and enforceable regulations with regard to the upkeep of pet animals like dogs.’
      • ‘Now the man is sick and starving and in dire need of financial help for his upkeep.’
      • ‘It is easy to see why anyone would want to pay for the upkeep of these animals and actually ‘adopt’ them.’
      • ‘I'll contribute to the children's upkeep and give them the chance of a good education.’
      • ‘The gift is enough to pay for the training and upkeep of another 19 dogs.’
      • ‘Some fathers are so useless they refuse to contribute financially to the upkeep of their children.’
      subsistence, care, upbringing, support, keep, maintenance, sustenance, welfare
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