- 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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Related Wordsvindicate, confirm, defend, advocate, encourage, endorse, promote, justify, bolster, champion, raise, buttress, hoist, brace, assist, countenance, back, upraise, prop, elevate
Examples from the Web for uphold
A few days later, Bush replied, “We will uphold the law in Florida.”Jeb Bush’s Unseen Anti-Gay Marriage Emails
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And yet, ultimately, the Supreme Court holds the power to uphold or undo what it has taken him years to accomplish.From POTUS to SCOTUS: Obama’s Big Move?
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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
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“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
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Earlier this week she pleaded with ISIS to uphold the verdict of a makeshift Sharia court, which ruled that he was not a spy.ISIS Beheads British Aid Worker Alan Henning
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Wise counsels, like those which gave us the Constitution, prevailed to uphold it.
I will uphold the curve of her eyelashes, for it tickleth my very heart-root to think of her.The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
It seemed as if they stood 'round me, ready to uphold me in what I was doin'.Tiverton Tales
The only one who walked pretty soberly was the head-master, who had to uphold his dignity.The Channings
Mrs. Henry Wood
He may be a Republican, and he must uphold with warmth and conviction Royalist theories.My Double Life
- 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 uphold
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