Definition of uphold
1a : to give support tob : to support against an opponent
2a : to keep elevatedb : 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.
Recent Examples of uphold from the Web
In response, the town submitted a petition to the Supreme Court hoping the nation's highest court would uphold noise restriction laws, according to the East Hampton Star.
Now, an appeals court in Cantabria, Spain, has upheld a ruling that the instructor for the bungee jumping company, Aqua21 Aventura, potentially faces criminal charges for the August 2015 incident, including accidental homicide.
Popular culture upholds this falsehood while often showing only one type of disabled body— a white male wheelchair user, like in Me Before You, The Fundamentals of Caring and ABC’s Speechless.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit ultimately upheld her ruling.
The original order was blocked in federal court, and an appeals court later upheld that ruling.
An appeals court decision upholding any conviction would bar him from running for political office for eight years and may mean prison time or house arrest.
The team filed a lawsuit shortly thereafter, but a federal district court upheld the board’s decision.
Federal appeals courts upheld the core of both rulings, prompting the administration to turn to the Supreme Court.
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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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