- Uphold is defined as to support or defend, or to keep from sinking.
- An example of uphold is to protect the right to freedom of speech.
- An example of uphold is work to keep a ship afloat.
- upholder noun
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transitive verb up·held , up·hold·ing, up·holds
- To hold aloft; raise: upheld the banner proudly.
- To prevent from falling or sinking; support.
- To maintain or affirm against opposition. See Synonyms at support.
- up·holdˈer noun