- 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 upholder
Is Plato an upholder of the conventional theory of language, which he acknowledges to be imperfect?Cratylus
I thought she would be too much a upholder of the men to be the start of anythink like that.Some Everyday Folk and Dawn
In the next place he was an upholder of the Maccabean pontificate.
His political standpoint had been that of a Tory and an upholder of the monarchy.Tobias Smollett
I do not call the upholder of the developmental doctrine a believer of this kind.Opuscula
Robert Gordon Latham
- 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 upholder
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