verb \(ˌ)əp-ˈhōld\

: to support or defend (something, such as a law)

: to judge (a legal decision) to be correct : to decide not to change (a verdict)


Full Definition of UPHOLD

transitive verb
a :  to give support to
b :  to support against an opponent
a :  to keep elevated
b :  to lift up
up·hold·er noun

Examples of UPHOLD

  1. He took an oath to uphold the Constitution.
  2. They have a responsibility to uphold the law.
  3. The Court of Appeals upheld his conviction.

First Known Use of UPHOLD

13th century


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