[ uhp-hohld ]
/ ʌpˈhoʊld /

verb (used with object), up·held, 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.
  1. to upholster.
  2. to maintain in good condition; take care of.

Origin of uphold

First recorded in 1175–1225, uphold is from the Middle English word up holden. See up-, hold1

Related forms

up·hold·er, noun

Synonym study

1. See support.
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/ (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

upholder, noun
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