Definition of uphold in English:



  • 1 Confirm or support (something that has been questioned)

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