Definition of uphold in English:

uphold

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1Confirm or support (something which has been questioned)

    ‘the court upheld his claim for damages’
    • ‘One prisoner had his right to vote upheld by a High Court decision last June.’
    • ‘The ban on hunting with dogs, which comes into force tomorrow, was upheld by the Appeal Court yesterday.’
    • ‘The Swindon-based Gooden family now faces an anxious wait to find out whether the Court of Appeal upholds the challenge.’
    • ‘The conviction was recently upheld by the European court of human rights.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It is to be noted that the Supreme Court has upheld a citizen's right not to join the singing of the national anthem.’
    • ‘The High Court upheld his freedom of expression in overturning the conviction.’
    • ‘The release of the film could be halted if a plagiarism claim is upheld by a High Court judge next week.’
    • ‘She admits that while the court upholds a woman's legal rights, this does not guarantee her safety outside the court.’
    • ‘Our current by-law was challenged as unconstitutional and the courts upheld the law.’
    • ‘That conviction was upheld by the Court of First Instance in March this year.’
    • ‘In Florida, the court upheld the right of a dental patient to write about her bad experience.’
    • ‘The defendants were found liable and the Court of Appeal upheld the verdict.’
    • ‘The courts eventually upheld her claim to the property, but only because she had no son to inherit it.’
    • ‘The Indonesian courts upheld Mr Haryanto's claim and rejected Man's claim.’
    • ‘Credit Card debts are unsecured and no court will uphold their position despite their threat to sue you.’
    • ‘It was the first time a school had taken a stand in the courts to uphold its educational philosophy, Warder said.’
    • ‘An Ontario court upholds Canada's bankruptcy law, which prevents students from declaring bankruptcy on student loans until 10 years after they graduate.’
    • ‘The U.S. Court of Appeals upheld marijuana as a dangerous drug with a high potential for abuse.’
    • ‘Katie Sierra's suspension was proposed by her school and upheld by the courts.’
    confirm, endorse, sustain, validate, ratify, verify, vindicate, justify, approve
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    1. 1.1 Maintain (a custom or practice)
      ‘they uphold a tradition of not causing distress to living creatures’
      • ‘You have a responsibility to the community to uphold responsible journalism.’
      • ‘The right to our citizenship, however, carries the duty to uphold our traditions.’
      • ‘At least in one respect there is a sense of traditions being upheld.’
      • ‘It helps keep the village running smoothly and upholds the village's customs.’
      • ‘The obsession with upholding tradition has strengthened the common perception of tennis as an elitist hobby.’
      • ‘Ancestors are seen as upholding the tradition, law, and values of society.’
      • ‘Women were forced to resign office jobs upon marriage, and this tradition was upheld well into the 1950s.’
      • ‘It shouldn't surprise us if those trying to uphold this tradition are accused of being its heretics and saboteurs.’
      • ‘If novels did not uphold the lifestyle of the republic, they were dismissed as decadent.’
      • ‘I'm glad to see that some conservatives aren't embarrassed about upholding decency.’
      • ‘As you may be aware I am the Speaker of the House of Commons and it is incumbent upon me to honour and uphold the noble traditions of the House.’
      • ‘We shall continue to uphold the noble tradition upon which our church has been built.’
      • ‘The York Vale League upholds the traditions of village cricket, which is untarnished by some of the issues surrounding the professional game.’
      • ‘As a teacher, he was conservative and upheld the traditional techniques of teaching.’
      • ‘Iceland also upholds another Norse tradition - using patronymics rather than surnames.’
      • ‘Laws and regulations often can support nurses in upholding the ethical principles involved.’
      • ‘But he told them that they should strive to uphold its traditions and act without fear or favour.’
      • ‘Let us as Indians, uphold our tradition of fighting such racial prejudice.’
      • ‘At the same time, Unicef will uphold its support of the code and will continue to call violators of the code to account publicly.’
      • ‘It is great to see the old traditions being upheld in the area and long may this trend continue.’
      maintain, sustain, continue, preserve, protect, keep, hold to, keep alive, keep going, strengthen, nurture
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Pronunciation

uphold

/ʌpˈhəʊld/