uphold

verb
up·​hold | \ (ˌ)əp-ˈhōld How to pronounce uphold (audio) \
upheld\ (ˌ)əp-​ˈheld How to pronounce upheld (audio) \; upholding

Definition of uphold

transitive verb

1a : to give support to
b : to support against an opponent
2a : to keep elevated
b : to lift up

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Other Words from uphold

upholder noun

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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

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.
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Recent Examples on the Web

Recently two of our employees failed to uphold our standards of communicating with players. David Z. Morris, Fortune, "Game Developers Fired After Arguing With Fans on Twitter," 8 July 2018 Only one bill approved in 1991, 91-10, was upheld by the Maryland Court of Appeals, the state’s highest court, in 2010. David Anderson, The Aegis, "Harford proceeds with appeal of $45 million rubblefill judgment in state courts," 15 June 2018 For Lewis, whites failed to uphold a legal system that guaranteed their superiority, not their infallibility. Longreads, "Nell Battle Lewis, Storyteller for Jim Crow," 25 May 2018 Imagine a world where Judge O’Connor’s ruling is upheld. Ezra Klein, Vox, "The Republican strategy to pass Medicare-for-all continues.," 15 Dec. 2018 But Charter's motion to dismiss the case was denied by the US District Court for the Central District of California, and the District Court's denial was upheld unanimously today by a three-judge panel at the US Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "Charter, Comcast don’t have 1st Amendment right to discriminate, court rules," 19 Nov. 2018 Trump, whose travel ban was later upheld by the Supreme Court, has long considered Google as biased against conservatives and recently accused the company of rigging search results in the past. Brian Flood, Fox News, "Google staffers wanted to manipulate search results to combat Trump's travel ban, emails show," 21 Sep. 2018 His conviction, however, was upheld in 2001 by the Supreme Court of Georgia. Joshua Sharpe, ajc, "TV show: DeKalb man might be innocent in wife’s murder," 12 July 2018 The call on the field was upheld, and Bregman officially reached first on a throwing error from Lucroy. Charlotte Carroll, SI.com, "Watch: Astros Win on One of the Weirdest Walk-Offs in Baseball History," 11 July 2018

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First Known Use of uphold

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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uphold

verb

English Language Learners 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)

uphold

verb
up·​hold | \ ˌəp-ˈhōld How to pronounce uphold (audio) \
upheld\ -​ˈheld \; upholding

Kids Definition of uphold

1 : to give support to Judges swear to uphold the Constitution.
2 : to lift up
up·​hold
upheld; upholding

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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