Thesaurus

uphold

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of uphold

  1. 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 Synonyms of uphold defend, justify, support, maintainWords Related to uphold advocate, champion, espouse; confirm, vindicate, warrant; affirm, assert, aver, avouch, avow, claim, contend, insist, plead, proclaim, profess, protest, state; argue, debate, discuss; emphasize, stress, underline, underscoreNear Antonyms of uphold abandon, abjure, forsake, recant, retract, take back, withdraw; reverse, switch; controvert, disprove, rebut, refute

  2. 2 to hold up or serve as a foundation for an entablature upheld by a series of gracefully slender columns Synonyms of uphold bear, bolster, brace, buttress, carry, prop (up), shore (up), stay, sustain, undergird, underpin, supportWords Related to uphold steady, truss, underlie

  3. 3 to move from a lower to a higher place or position worshippers upheld their joined hands and sang the praises of the Lord Synonyms of uphold boost, crane, elevate, heave, heft, heighten, hike, hoist, jack (up), lift, perk (up), pick up, take up, up, raise, uplift, upraiseWords Related to uphold ascend, mount, rise; rear, upendNear Antonyms of uphold descend, dip, fall, pitch, plunge, slip; bear, depress, press, push; sink, submergeAntonyms of uphold drop, lower

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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