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uphold

[ uhp-hohld ]
/ ʌpˈhoʊld /
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verb (used with object), up·held [uhp-held], /ʌpˈhɛld/, up·hold·ing.

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.
British.
  1. to upholster.
  2. to maintain in good condition; take care of.

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Origin of uphold

First recorded in 1300–1350; Middle English upholden; see up-, hold1

OTHER WORDS FROM uphold

up·hold·er, noun
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To uphold something means to support it or defend it against opposition or criticism. How is uphold different from maintain, support, and sustain? Find out on Thesaurus.com.

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British Dictionary definitions for uphold

uphold
/ (ʌpˈhəʊld) /

verb -holds, -holding or -held (tr)

to maintain, affirm, or defend against opposition or challenge
to give moral support or inspiration to
rare to support physically
to lift up

Derived forms of uphold

upholder, noun
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