Uphold meaning

ŭp-hōld
To keep from falling; support.
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To give moral or spiritual support or encouragement to.
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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.

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To hold aloft; raise.

Upheld the banner proudly.

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To prevent from falling or sinking; support.

Beams that uphold the roof.

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To maintain or affirm.

Uphold a standard of behavior.

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To hold up; raise.
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To decide in favor of; agree with and support against opposition; sustain.
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To hold up; to lift on high; to elevate.
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To keep erect; to support; to sustain; to keep from falling; to maintain.
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To support by approval or encouragement.
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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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