Definition of uphold in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌəpˈhōld/

verb (past and past participle upheld)

[with object]
1Confirm or support (something that has been questioned): the court upheld his claim for damages
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  • The courts eventually upheld her claim to the property, but only because she had no son to inherit it.
  • The release of the film could be halted if a plagiarism claim is upheld by a High Court judge next week.
  • A recent Court of Appeal decision upheld an insurer's right to refuse a claim for theft because keys had been left in a car.
confirm, endorse, sustain, approve, agree to, support;
champion, defend
1.1Maintain (a custom or practice): many furniture makers uphold the tradition of fine design
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  • As a teacher, he was conservative and upheld the traditional techniques of teaching.
  • We shall continue to uphold the noble tradition upon which our church has been built.
  • It helps keep the village running smoothly and upholds the village's customs.
maintain, sustain, continue, preserve, protect, champion, defend, keep, hold to, keep alive, keep going, back (up), stand by



Pronunciation: /ˌəpˈhōldər/
Example sentences
  • Rather I admire the Queen as one of the last upholders of the value of reticence in public life.
  • Finally, although many had strong political beliefs, they did not see themselves as upholders of any particular substantive political orthodoxy.
  • In fact, the view is that the party has to keep the government on its toes, precisely because governments are by nature conservative and are upholders of the status-quo.

Words that rhyme with uphold

behold, bold, cold, enfold, fold, foretold, gold, hold, mould (US mold), old, outsold, scold, self-controlled, sold, told, uncontrolled, undersold, unpolled, withhold, wold

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Syllabification: up·hold

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