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 in a sentence
He took an oath to uphold the Constitution.
They have a responsibility to uphold the law.
The Court of Appeals upheld his conviction.
First Known Use of uphold
Synonym Discussion of uphold
UPHOLD Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of uphold for English Language Learners
: to support or defend (something, such as a law)
: to judge (a legal decision) to be correct : to decide not to change (a verdict)
UPHOLD Defined for Kids
Definition of uphold for Students
1 : to give support to <Judges swear to uphold the Constitution.>
2 : to lift up
Legal Definition of uphold
: to judge valid : let stand <uphold an award>; specifically : to hold constitutional <uphold the practice of having religious invocations and benedictions at high school graduation ceremonies — Sands v. Morongo Unified Sch. Dist., 809 P.2d 809 (1991)(dissent)> <uphold a statute>
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