Simple Definition of uphold
: 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
1 a : to give support to b : to support against an opponent
2 a : to keep elevated b : to lift up
Examples of uphold
He took an oath to uphold the Constitution.
They have a responsibility to uphold the law.
The Court of Appeals upheld his conviction.
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Rhymes with uphold
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