- simple past tense and past participle of uphold.
- to support or defend, as against opposition or criticism: He fought the duel to uphold his family's honor.
- to keep up or keep from sinking; support: Stout columns upheld the building's heavy roof. Her faith upheld her in that time of sadness.
- to lift upward; raise: The pilgrims upheld their eyes and thanked heaven for their safe journey.
- to upholster.
- to maintain in good condition; take care of.
Origin of uphold
1. See support.
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Examples from the Web for upheld
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Hanging from the poles which upheld the awnings were sausages, chitterlings, and hams.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
She had staggered under the weight laid upon her, but she had upheld it.A Spirit in Prison
The supreme Court of Law has, in many decisions, upheld this condition.Bremen Cotton Exchange
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That thought has manned me and upheld me when anguish was near to slaying me outright.The Shame of Motley
They had to be nurtured and upheld, no matter how the contacts of life hit his own skin.The Prisoner
- the past tense and past participle of uphold
- to maintain, affirm, or defend against opposition or challenge
- to give moral support or inspiration to
- rare to support physically
- to lift up
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Word Origin and History for upheld
past participle of uphold (q.v.).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper