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
The appeals court ruling upholds a decision by a Saginaw County judge.
The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a lower court ruling that blocks the Republican's administration from temporarily suspending new visas for people from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.
New diplomatic alliances were forming, with Europe, India and China pledging to uphold their end of the deal.
Also on Tuesday, during a speech in Sydney, Senator John McCain said that Australia wasn’t alone in questioning whether America was still committed to upholding peace and justice around the world.
A federal appeals court upheld that order Thursday.
Given her experience with the Cold War, Merkel has long upheld and defended American ideals.
Whether the Supreme Court will obstruct or uphold those efforts remains to be seen.
From CBS News: The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a lower court ruling that blocks the Republican's administration from temporarily suspending new visas for people from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.
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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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