Definition of uphold in English:

uphold

verb

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

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

uphold

/ʌpˈhəʊld/