Definitions for upholdʌpˈhoʊld

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

up•holdʌpˈhoʊld(v.t.)-held, -hold•ing.

  1. to support or defend, as against opposition or criticism.

  2. to keep up or keep from sinking; support.

  3. to lift upward; raise.

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. continue, uphold, carry on, bear on, preserve(verb)

    keep or maintain in unaltered condition; cause to remain or last

    "preserve the peace in the family"; "continue the family tradition"; "Carry on the old traditions"

  2. uphold(verb)

    stand up for; stick up for; of causes, principles, or ideals

  3. uphold, maintain(verb)

    support against an opponent

    "The appellate court upheld the verdict"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. uphold(verb)ʌpˈhoʊld

    to agree that an earlier legal decision is correct

    The Supreme Court upheld the federal court's decision.

  2. upholdʌpˈhoʊld

    to cause sth to continue by supporting it

    We must uphold these important traditions.


  1. uphold(Verb)

    To hold up; to lift on high; to elevate.

  2. uphold(Verb)

    To keep erect; to support; to sustain; to keep from falling; to maintain.

  3. uphold(Verb)

    To support by approval or encouragement.

  4. Origin: From upholden, equivalent to . Compare ophouden, aufhalten.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Uphold(verb)

    to hold up; to lift on high; to elevate

  2. Uphold(verb)

    to keep erect; to support; to sustain; to keep from falling; to maintain

  3. Uphold(verb)

    to aid by approval or encouragement; to countenance; as, to uphold a person in wrongdoing

Anagrams of uphold

  1. hold up, hold-up, holdup

  2. Hold up

  3. Hold-up

  4. Holdup

Translations for uphold

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


to support (a person's action)

His family upholds (him in) his present action.

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