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uphold

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1 to continue to declare to be true or proper despite opposition or objections
  • determined to uphold her views in the face of all challenges
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stand up for, stick up for

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2 to hold up or serve as a foundation for
  • an entablature upheld by a series of gracefully slender columns
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3 to move from a lower to a higher place or position
  • Worshippers upheld their joined hands and sang the praises of the Lord.
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Synonym Discussion of uphold

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


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