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uphold

up·hold

uphold

 
 
pronunciation:
uhp hold
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: upheld, upholding, upholds
definition 1: to support or affirm, esp. in the face of a challenge.
The court upheld his right to free speech.
synonyms:
back, defend
antonyms:
contravene, countermand, disclaim, oppose
similar words:
acknowledge, affirm, champion, endorse, establish, justify, maintain, preserve, protect, substantiate, support, sustain, vindicate
definition 2: to keep from sinking or falling; support.
His principles upheld him in difficult times.The concrete columns uphold the building.
synonyms:
bear, support
similar words:
bolster, brace, buttress, prop up, shore up, underpin
derivation: upholder (n.)