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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March 29, 2018: Syed’s new trial is upheld by the Court of Special Appeals. Emma Dibdin, Harper's BAZAAR, "A Complete Timeline of The Case Against Adnan Syed," 31 Mar. 2019 The decision was upheld by the St. Petersburg City Court in 2018. Ann M. Simmons, WSJ, "Russia Seizes Property From Jehovah’s Witnesses After Banning Group," 6 Mar. 2019 The question will ask voters to uphold or repeal the 2016 law passed by the Massachusetts legislature that ensures explicit protections against discrimination based on gender identity. Nicole Talbot, Teen Vogue, "Massachusetts Must Vote Yes on Ballot Question 3 to Protect Transgender Rights," 12 Oct. 2018 His dismissal was upheld Tuesday by the California State Supreme Court. sandiegouniontribune.com, "July 7, 1955: Steinmetz called Communist at hearing," 7 July 2018 Compassion & Choices, an advocacy group that promotes aid-in-dying, filed a notice of appeal late Friday and asked Becerra to uphold the group’s legal opinion that their appeal would trigger a stay of Ottolia’s judgment. Jonel Aleccia, Washington Post, "Suspension Of California’s Aid-In-Dying Law Leaves Sick Patients In Limbo," 5 June 2018 For the vast majority of trans women, FFS is not an attainable reality; in performing FFS procedures, surgeons are upholding an idealized notion of feminine beauty, but making it accessible only to a few. Serena Daniari, Allure, "The Complicated Process of Undergoing Facial-Feminization Surgery, and Why I Did It," 23 Mar. 2019 Members make Europe-wide law, decide international agreements, and — crucially — can censure EU countries for violating core values such as an independent judiciary and upholding the rights of minorities and migrants. Lori Hinnant, The Seattle Times, "Tech could unite Europe’s populists ahead of EU vote in May," 19 Feb. 2019 Strong said of the ruling, which upheld the ban on the basis that the president has authority to defend the national security of the United States. Ruth Bruno, courant.com, "Muslim Community Leaders Protest Trump's Travel Ban," 29 June 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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