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uphold

up·hold

uphold

 
 
pronunciation:
uhp hold
part of speech: verb
inflections: upheld, upholding, upholds
definition 1: to support or decide in favor of, when faced with a challenge.
The court upheld his right to free speech.
synonyms:
back, defend
antonyms:
oppose
similar words:
acknowledge, affirm, champion, endorse, establish, justify, maintain, preserve, protect, support
definition 2: to keep from sinking or falling; support.
For years, parts of the old church walls have been upheld by props.His sense of humor upheld him in difficult times.
synonyms:
bear, support
similar words:
bolster, brace, buttress, prop up
derivation: upholder (n.)