uphold

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verb up·hold \ (ˌ)əp-ˈhōld \

Definition of uphold

upheld play \(ˌ)əp-ˈheld\; upholding
transitive verb
1 a :to give support to
b :to support against an opponent
2 a :to keep elevated
b :to lift up

upholder

noun

Examples of uphold in a Sentence

  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.

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First Known Use of uphold

13th century

Synonym Discussion of uphold

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 development
uphold implies extended support given to something attacked.
    • upheld the legitimacy of the military action
advocate stresses urging or pleading.
    • advocated prison reform
back 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


UPHOLD Defined for English Language Learners

uphold

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verb

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

uphold

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verb up·hold \ ˌəp-ˈhōld \

Definition of uphold for Students

upheld \-ˈheld\; upholding
1 :to give support to
  • Judges swear to uphold the Constitution.
2 :to lift up

Law Dictionary

uphold

transitive verb up·hold

legal Definition of uphold

upheld; upholding
: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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