verb (past and past participle upheld)[with object]
- 1Confirm or support (something which has been questioned): the court upheld his claim for damagesMore example sentences
- 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.
- 1.1Maintain (a custom or practice): they uphold a tradition of not causing distress to living creaturesMore example sentences
- 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.
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- 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.