Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Maintenance in proper operation, condition, and repair.
  • n. The cost of such maintenance.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. maintenance; the act or effort of keeping something in good repair
  • v. to maintain (something) or keep it in good repair

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. 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.
  • n. the cost of providing upkeep{1}.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Maintenance; support; specifically, the process of keeping up an industrial ‘plant,’ a machine, an institution, etc., at its condition of maximum efficiency, as by repair and renewal.
  • n. The cost of such [keeping up, including all elements of operating expense, deterioration, interest, and the like.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. activity involved in maintaining something in good working order
  • n. the act of sustaining life by food or providing a means of subsistence

Etymologies

A compound word from up + keep (Wiktionary)

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