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 maintain in good condition; take care of.
- up·hold·er, noun
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How to use uphold in a sentence
The public has an expectation that officers are true to their oath, that they’re upholding the law, not breaking the law.
When Marshall began challenging segregation in the 1930s, the Supreme Court had rejected some forms of racial discrimination even though it had upheld segregation.Ruth Bader Ginsburg Helped Shape The Modern Era Of Women’s Rights – Even Before She Went On The Supreme Court | LGBTQ-Editor | September 21, 2020 | No Straight News
This illiberal assault is putting inordinate pressure on the liberal international order and the institutions that uphold it, including the UN, NATO, the World Health Organization, the World Trade Organization, and others.
It also said that survey measures might underestimate the American public’s commitment to upholding democratic norms, when in fact, they might overestimate them.What Happened In Portland Shows Just How Fragile Our Democracy Is | Maggie Koerth (firstname.lastname@example.org) | August 5, 2020 | FiveThirtyEight
Similar procedural failures have plagued other administration efforts to abruptly and unilaterally change longstanding immigration controls anchored in existing law and upheld by the courts.Court Decision on Asylum Seekers Resonates with Washington Area Latinos | Truthbetold | July 7, 2020 | TruthBeTold.news
A few days later, Bush replied, “We will uphold the law in Florida.”
And yet, ultimately, the Supreme Court holds the power to uphold or undo what it has taken him years to accomplish.
Meese, with the tacit acquiescence of other top officials, had laid out a version of events all were expected to uphold.How the Reagan White House Bungled Its Response to Iran-Contra Revelations | Malcolm Byrne | November 3, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
“It also comes with a bit of pressure to uphold that look,” he laughs.Nick Jonas Is All Grown Up, Clutching His Penis and Everything | Kevin Fallon | October 8, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Earlier this week she pleaded with ISIS to uphold the verdict of a makeshift Sharia court, which ruled that he was not a spy.
The very act of producing is sufficient to uphold the equilibrium of the mental frame.A Cursory History of Swearing | Julian Sharman
The object of the one party was to support Don Carlos and despotism; the other to uphold Isabella and the constitution.The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.III. | E. Farr and E. H. Nolan
That we are here proves that we do not uphold the people, and we need not too closely inquire who our neighbor may be.The Light That Lures | Percy Brebner
Note the tiny quivering gold wires that uphold each emerald scale.They Looked and Loved | Mrs. Alex McVeigh Miller
The wealth acquired through her naval supremacy enabled her to uphold the cause of her allies on the continent.The Political History of England - Vol. X. | William Hunt
British Dictionary definitions for uphold
to maintain, affirm, or defend against opposition or challenge
to give moral support or inspiration to
rare to support physically
to lift up
- upholder, noun
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