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Nov
24
2016

uphold

uhp hold

transitive verb
1.  to support or affirm, esp. in the face of a challenge.
The court upheld his right to free speech.

2.  to keep from sinking or falling; support.
His principles and unfailing optimism upheld his spirit in difficult times.
Our town upholds some of the old village traditions that are disappearing elsewhere.
The concrete columns uphold the building.

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