uphold

verb
up·​hold | \(ˌ)əp-ˈhōld \
upheld\(ˌ)əp-​ˈheld \; 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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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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For its first entry into the true wireless realm, Sennheiser has upheld its reputation for excellent sound, but the company hasn’t completed the job with matching functionality and usability. Vlad Savov, The Verge, "Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless review: sonic standout," 30 Nov. 2018 Those the numbers jump even higher among women ages 18 to 44, of which 74 percent want to see Roe v. Wade upheld. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "More Than Half of Republicans Support Roe v. Wade," 24 July 2018 The Ohio Parole Board previously held a clemency hearing for Tibbetts in March 2017, and voted 11-1 to uphold Tibbetts' death sentence. Marilyn Icsman, Cincinnati.com, "Juror's letter to Kasich prompts second clemency hearing for Cincinnati killer on death row," 14 June 2018 Father Grassi was eventually sentenced to 15 years in prison, a verdict upheld last year by Argentina’s highest court. Ryan Dube, WSJ, "Pope Francis’ Handling of Sex-Abuse Cases Fractures a Catholic Stronghold," 19 Oct. 2018 An appeals court has upheld a Federal Communications Commission ruling that broadband markets can be competitive even when there is only one Internet provider. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "FCC can define markets with only one ISP as “competitive,” court rules," 29 Aug. 2018 The Democratic Party later changed its rules to let independents run in its primaries, a move upheld earlier this year by the Alaska Supreme Court. Becky Bohrer, Anchorage Daily News, "Former Sen. Mark Begich’s entry causes angst in Alaska governor’s race," 4 July 2018 Her ruling, later upheld by an appellate court, made national news. Adiel Kaplan, miamiherald, "She struck down gay adoption ban and handled notorious juvenile cases. Now she's retiring.," 3 July 2018 Image Almost obscured in the rancor over President Trump’s immigrant crackdown at the southern border is the impact of his travel ban, upheld by the Supreme Court last week. New York Times, "Trump’s Travel Ban: How It Works and Who Is Affected," 1 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 \
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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