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Meaning of uphold by Wiktionary Dictionary

uphold


    Pronunciation

    • IPA: /ˌʌpˈhold/

    Etymology

    From Middle English upholden, equivalent to up- +‎ hold. Compare Dutch ophouden ( “to stop, cease, hold up” ), German aufhalten ( “to stop, halt, detain” ) .

    Verb

    uphold ( third-person singular simple present upholds present participle upholding, simple past upheld, past participle upheld or archaic upholden )

    1. To hold up; to lift on high; to elevate.
    2. To keep erect; to support; to sustain; to keep from falling; to maintain.
    3. To support by approval or encouragement.

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    See also

    • uphold in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
    • Notes:
    1. ^ Oxford-Paravia Concise - Dizionario Inglese-Italiano e Italiano-Inglese. Edited by Maria Cristina Bareggi. Torino: Paravia, 2003 ( in collaboration with Oxford University Press ). ISBN 8839551107. Online version here

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Explanation of uphold by Wordnet Dictionary

uphold


    Verb
    1. stand up for

    2. support against an opponent

    3. keep or maintain in unaltered condition



    Definition of uphold by GCIDE Dictionary

    uphold


    1. Uphold v. t.
      1. To hold up; to lift on high; to elevate.

      The mournful train with groans, and hands upheld.

      Besought his pity. Dryden.

      2. To keep erect; to support; to sustain; to keep from falling; to maintain.

      Honor shall uphold the humble in spirit. Prov. xxix 3.

      Faulconbridge,

      In spite of spite, alone upholds the day. Shak.

      3. To aid by approval or encouragement; to countenance; as, “to uphold a person in wrongdoing”.