Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of verb uphold

3 senses of uphold

Sense 1
continue, uphold, carry on, bear on, preserve -- (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")
       => keep, maintain, hold -- (keep in a certain state, position, or activity; e.g., "keep clean"; "hold in place"; "She always held herself as a lady"; "The students keep me on my toes")

Sense 2
uphold -- (stand up for; stick up for; of causes, principles, or ideals)
       => defend, support, fend for -- (argue or speak in defense of; "She supported the motion to strike")

Sense 3
uphold, maintain -- (support against an opponent; "The appellate court upheld the verdict")
       => confirm, reassert -- (strengthen or make more firm; "The witnesses confirmed the victim's account")

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