AskDefine | Define uphold

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1 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" [syn: continue, carry on, bear on, preserve] [ant: discontinue]
2 stand up for; stick up for; of causes, principles, or ideals
3 support against an opponent; "The appellate court upheld the verdict" [syn: maintain] [also: upheld]

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  • /ˌʌpˈhold/


up + hold


  1. To support.
    • 1748. David Hume. Enquiries concerning the human understanding and concerning the principles of moral. London: Oxford University Press, 1973. § 18.
      there was still a connexion upheld among the different ideas


to support


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