Synonyms & Antonyms of uphold

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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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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How is the word uphold different from other verbs like it?

Some common synonyms of uphold are advocate, back, champion, and support. While all these words mean "to favor actively one that meets opposition," uphold implies extended support given to something attacked.

upheld the legitimacy of the military action

When is advocate a more appropriate choice than uphold?

While the synonyms advocate and uphold are close in meaning, advocate stresses urging or pleading.

advocated prison reform

When is it sensible to use back instead of uphold?

The meanings of back and uphold largely overlap; however, back suggests supporting by lending assistance to one failing or falling.

refusing to back the call for sanctions

When might champion be a better fit than uphold?

The synonyms champion and uphold are sometimes interchangeable, but champion suggests publicly defending one unjustly attacked or too weak to advocate his or her own cause.

championed the rights of children

In what contexts can support take the place of uphold?

While in some cases nearly identical to uphold, support is least explicit about the nature of the assistance given.

supports waterfront development

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The first known use of uphold was in the 13th century

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Cite this Entry

“Uphold.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jan. 2021.

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