support, uphold, advocate, back, champion mean to favor actively one that meets opposition. support is least explicit about the nature of the assistance given.
supports waterfront developmentuphold implies extended support given to something attacked.
upheld the legitimacy of the military actionadvocate stresses urging or pleading.
advocated prison reformback suggests supporting by lending assistance to one failing or falling.
refusing to back the call for sanctions champion suggests publicly defending one unjustly attacked or too weak to advocate his or her own cause.
championed the rights of children
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.
Recent Examples on the WebThe brief’s final pages did propose two approaches that would allow the Supreme Court to uphold the Mississippi law but avoid overruling Roe.
Adam Liptak, New York Times, 28 Nov. 2021 That’s part of the reason the justices should uphold Mississippi’s law, the state argues.
Nicole Ault, WSJ, 28 Nov. 2021 The constable code of conduct requires constables to uphold the law, maintain integrity, avoid impropriety or the appearance of impropriety, perform their duties impartially and maintain high standards of professionalism and training.
AZCentral.com, 8 Nov. 2021 The Biden administration, which is urging the justices to uphold New York's law, says California, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey and Rhode Island all have similar laws that could be affected by the court's decision.
Arkansas Online, 4 Nov. 2021 The Biden administration, which is urging the justices to uphold New York’s law, says California, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey and Rhode Island all have similar laws that could be affected by a ruling from the court.
Jessica Gresko, chicagotribune.com, 3 Nov. 2021 In a nod to those circumstances, the court’s liberal justices seemed ready to vote to uphold New York's law and affirm discretionary permitting programs.
Devin Dwyer, ABC News, 3 Nov. 2021 Gun control groups hope, however, that conservatives might still vote to uphold New York's law.
Jessica Gresko, ajc, 31 Oct. 2021 These men, who had sworn to uphold the law, were signing up to join an armed, extremist, anti-government group.
Will Carless, USA TODAY, 2 Oct. 2021
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1: to give support toJudges swear to uphold the Constitution.
2: to lift up
Legal Definition of uphold
: to judge valid : let standuphold an awardspecifically: 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