Uphold Definition

upheld, upholding, upholds
upheld, upholding, upholds
To hold up; raise.
Webster's New World
To keep from falling; support.
Webster's New World
To maintain or affirm.
Uphold a standard of behavior.
American Heritage
To give moral or spiritual support or encouragement to.
Webster's New World
To decide in favor of; agree with and support against opposition; sustain.
Webster's New World

Origin of Uphold

  • From Middle English upholden, equivalent to up- +"Ž hold. Compare Dutch ophouden (“to stop, cease, hold up"), German aufhalten (“to stop, halt, detain"). Compare also Middle Low German upholt, Old Norse upphald (“uphold, support").

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