From Middle English upholden, equivalent to up- +"Ž hold. Compare Dutchophouden (“to stop, cease, hold up"), Germanaufhalten (“to stop, halt, detain"). Compare also Middle Low German upholt, Old Norse upphald (“uphold, support").
Uphold Sentence Examples
Constantine accepted the decision of the council and resolved to uphold it.
The government also sought to make criminals of some use to the state, by placing them in a situation where they could do little harm to society, and might help to uphold the dominion of their nation.
Manoel swore to uphold the constitution and was acclaimed king by the cortes.
Franklin wrote a paper on the causes of earthquakes for his Gazette of the 15th of December 1737; and he eagerly collected material to uphold his theory that waterspouts and whirlwinds resulted from the same causes.
At the same time the Stoics felt at liberty to defend and uphold the truth in polytheism.