What does uphold mean?

Definitions for upholdʌpˈhoʊld

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word uphold.

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"


  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

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.

Anagrams for uphold »

  1. hold up, hold-up, holdup

  2. Hold up

  3. Hold-up

  4. Holdup


  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

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Barry Loudermilk:

    A lot of our colleagues felt this was an oath-of-office vote to uphold the Constitution.

  2. Town Manager John Curran:

    His job is to uphold laws not break them, he has no respect for the governmental process.

  3. Austin Nimocks:

    We are hopeful the Supreme Court will uphold the freedom of the people to affirm marriage.

  4. Trey Gowdy:

    The legislative branch’s constitutional toolbox seems inadequate to uphold out task in seeking the truth.

  5. President Barack Obama:

    History teaches us that the failure to uphold these rights and freedoms can actually fuel violent extremism.

Images & Illustrations of uphold

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