uphold

  • 1 uphold — up·hold vt held, hold·ing: to judge valid: let stand uphold an award; specif: to hold constitutional uphold the practice of having religious invocations and benedictions at high school graduation ceremonies Sands v. Morongo Unified Sch. Dist.,… …

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  • 2 Uphold — Up*hold , v. t. 1. To hold up; to lift on high; to elevate. [1913 Webster] The mournful train with groans, and hands upheld. Besought his pity. Dryden. [1913 Webster] 2. To keep erect; to support; to sustain; to keep from falling; to maintain.… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 uphold — UK US /ʌpˈhəʊld/ verb [T] (upheld, upheld) LAW ► to state that a decision which has already been made, especially a legal one, is correct: uphold a decision/ruling/appeal »The court is said to be upholding its decision. ► to keep or defend a… …

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  • 4 uphold — early 13c., support, sustain, from UP (Cf. up) + HOLD (Cf. hold) (v.). Cf. O.Fris. upholda, M.Du. ophouden, Ger. aufhalten …

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  • 5 uphold — *support, advocate, back, champion Analogous words: *help, aid, assist: defend, vindicate, justify, *maintain: sanction, *approve, endorse Antonyms: contravene: subvert …

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  • 6 uphold — [v] maintain, support advocate, aid, assist, back, back up, bolster, boost, brace, buoy up, buttress, carry, champion, confirm, countenance, defend, elevate, encourage, endorse, help, hoist, hold to, hold up one’s end*, justify, pick up, promote …

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  • 7 uphold — ► VERB (past and past part. upheld) 1) confirm or support. 2) maintain (a custom or practice). DERIVATIVES upholder noun …

    English terms dictionary

  • 8 uphold — [up hōld′] vt. upheld, upholding 1. to hold up; raise 2. to keep from falling; support 3. to give moral or spiritual support or encouragement to 4. to decide in favor of; agree with and support against opposition; sustain SYN. SUPPORT upholder n …

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  • 9 uphold — 01. The original conviction for attempted murder was [upheld] in an unsuccessful appeal. 02. In June of 1981, the U.S. Supreme Court [upheld] a decision that would apply the military draft to men only. 03. A 1968 ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court… …

    Grammatical examples in English

  • 10 uphold — verb ADVERB ▪ consistently, firmly, rigorously, vigorously ▪ unanimously ▪ Three judges unanimously upheld the sentence. VERB + UPHOLD …

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  • 11 uphold — [[t]ʌpho͟ʊld[/t]] upholds, upholding, upheld 1) VERB If you uphold something such as a law, a principle, or a decision, you support and maintain it. [V n] Our policy has been to uphold the law... [V n] It is the responsibility of every government …

    English dictionary

  • 12 uphold */ — UK [ʌpˈhəʊld] / US [ʌpˈhoʊld] verb [transitive] Word forms uphold : present tense I/you/we/they uphold he/she/it upholds present participle upholding past tense upheld UK [ʌpˈheld] / US past participle upheld 1) if a court of law upholds… …

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  • 13 uphold — /ʌpˈhoʊld / (say up hohld) verb (t) (upheld, upholding) 1. to support, sustain, or preserve unimpaired: to uphold the old order. 2. to keep up, or keep from sinking; support. 3. to support or maintain, as by advocacy or agreement: to uphold the… …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 14 uphold — upholder, n. /up hohld /, v.t., upheld, upholding. 1. to support or defend, as against opposition or criticism: He fought the duel to uphold his family s honor. 2. to keep up or keep from sinking; support: Stout columns upheld the building s… …

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  • 15 uphold — up|hold [ʌpˈhəuld US ˈhould] v past tense and past participle upheld [ ˈheld] [T] 1.) to defend or support a law, system, or principle so that it continues to exist ▪ a committee that aims to uphold educational standards 2.) if a court upholds a… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 16 uphold — up|hold [ ʌp hould ] (past tense and past participle up|held [ ʌp held ] ) verb transitive * 1. ) if a court of law upholds something such as a claim, it says that it is correct: The Home Secretary s decision was upheld by the House of Lords. 2.… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 17 uphold — verb past tense and past participle upheld, (T) 1 to defend or support a law, system, or principle so that it is not made weaker: They want to uphold traditional family values. 2 if a court upholds a decision made by another court, it states that …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 18 uphold — verb 1) the court upheld his claim for damages Syn: confirm, endorse, sustain, approve, agree to, support; champion, defend Ant: overturn, oppose 2) they ve a tradition to uphold Sy …

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  • 19 uphold — v 1. raise, upraise, raise up, lift, uplift, lift up, elevate, upcast, cast up, upthrow, throw up, rise, rear, uprear, hoist, uphoist, hoist up, boost. 2. support, bear, bear up, hold, hold up, uphold, truss, truss up, prop, prop up, brace,… …

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  • 20 uphold — verb 1) the court upheld his claim Syn: confirm, endorse, sustain, approve, support, back (up) 2) they ve a tradition to uphold Syn: maintain, sustain, continue, preserve, protect …

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