What does uphold mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. continue, uphold, carry on, bear on, preserveverb

    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. upholdverb

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

  3. uphold, maintainverb

    support against an opponent

    "The appellate court upheld the verdict"


  1. upholdverb

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

  2. upholdverb

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

  3. upholdverb

    To support by approval or encouragement.

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Upholdverb

    preter. upheld; and part. pass. upheld, and upholden.

    Etymology: up and hold.

    The mournful train with groans and hands upheld,
    Besought his pity. Dryden.

    While life upholds this arm,
    This arm upholds the house of Lancaster. William Shakespeare.

    This great man found no means to continue and uphold his ill-purchased greatness, but by rejecting the English law, and assuming, in lieu thereof, the barbarous customs of the Irish. John Davies, Ireland.

    Poetry and painting were upheld by the strength of imagination. John Dryden, Dufresnoy.

    There is due from the judge to the advocate some commendation, where causes are fair pleaded; for that upholds in the client the reputation of his council, and beats down in him the conceit of his cause. Francis Bacon.

    Never was a time, when the interposition of the magistrate was more necessary, to secure the honour of religion, and uphold the authority of those great principles, by which his own authority is best upheld. Francis Atterbury.

    Many younger brothers have neither lands nor means to uphold themselves. Walter Raleigh.

    Divers, although peradventure not willing to be yoked with elderships, yet were contented to uphold opposition against bishops, not without greater hurt to the course of their whole proceedings. Richard Hooker.

    In spite of spite, alone upholds the day. William Shakespeare.

    A deaf person, by observing the motions of another man’s mouth, knows what he says, and upholds a current communication of discourse with him. William Holder.

    As Nebuchodnosor liveth, who hath sent thee for the upholding of every living thing. Judith xi. 7.

    A due proportion is held betwixt the parts, as well in the natural body of man, as the body politick of the state, for the upholding of the whole. George Hakewill.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Upholdverb

    to hold up; to lift on high; to elevate

  2. Upholdverb

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

  3. Upholdverb

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

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Uphold

    up-hōld′, v.t. to hold up: to sustain: to countenance: to defend: to continue without failing.—n. Uphōl′der.—v.t. Uphōl′ster, to furnish furniture with stuffing, springs, &c., to provide with curtains, &c.—ns. Uphōl′sterer, one who supplies or who sells furniture, beds, curtains, &c.; Uphōl′stery, furniture, &c., supplied by upholsterers.

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  1. hold up, hold-up, holdup

  2. Hold up

  3. Hold-up

  4. Holdup

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of uphold in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of uphold in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of uphold in a Sentence

  1. Zach Smith:

    Zach Smith was not as complete and accurate on media day and didn't uphold the standard of the university on that day.

  2. Guy Platten:

    Freedom of navigation is vital for global trade and we encourage all nations to uphold this fundamental principle of maritime law.

  3. Prince Andrew:

    I stayed with him and that's... that's the bit that... I kick Prince Andrew for on a daily basis, because it was not something that was becoming of a member of the royal family and we try and uphold the highest standards and practices and I let the side down, simple as that.

  4. Dounya Zayer:

    Where are the good cops that I keep hearing of ? Thank you for your sympathy but I don't want to hear that there are good cops when not a single good cop helped me and I'm afraid to even leave my house now because I feel like I'm going to be pulled over and they're going to do something to me, i'm afraid to protest because I feel like they're going to see me at a protest. These are my rights that are being stripped away by good cops that are supposed to uphold the law and protect the people.

  5. Bill McRaven:

    I did not back Hillary Clinton or anyone else, i am a fan of President Obama and President George W. Bush, both of whom I worked for. I admire all presidents, regardless of their political party, who uphold the dignity of the office and who use that office to bring the nation together in challenging times.

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    transmitting light; able to be seen through with clarity
    • A. opaque
    • B. transparent
    • C. greedy
    • D. victimised

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