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upkeep

noun
     
up‧keep [uncountable]
1 the process of keeping something in good condition [= maintenance]
upkeep of
Most of the money is spent on the upkeep of the building.
2 the cost or process of looking after a child or animal and giving them the things they need:
Poorer people find it hard to pay for their pet's upkeep.

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