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upheld

[uhp-held] /ʌpˈhɛld/
verb
1.
simple past tense and past participle of uphold.

uphold

[uhp-hohld] /ʌpˈhoʊld/
verb (used with object), upheld, upholding.
1.
to support or defend, as against opposition or criticism:
He fought the duel to uphold his family's honor.
2.
to keep up or keep from sinking; support:
Stout columns upheld the building's heavy roof. Her faith upheld her in that time of sadness.
3.
to lift upward; raise:
The pilgrims upheld their eyes and thanked heaven for their safe journey.
4.
British.
  1. to upholster.
  2. to maintain in good condition; take care of.
Origin
1175-1225
1175-1225; Middle English up holden. See up-, hold
Related forms
upholder, noun
Synonyms
1. See support.
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  • Now, remember that free speech cannot be prohibited and that no matter where, the right to free speech must be upheld.
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  • Though the verdict was overturned, it showed that the taboo against directly criticising the king is still fiercely upheld.
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  • We protested to the department but they upheld the prerogative of the faculty.
  • It has been upheld as a brave and righteous affirmation of the need for religious faith in an increasingly godless society.
  • The army's inspector general found no such affair but upheld the charge about the contractors.
British Dictionary definitions for upheld

upheld

/ʌpˈhɛld/
verb
1.
the past tense and past participle of uphold

uphold

/ʌpˈhəʊld/
verb (transitive) -holds, -holding, -held
1.
to maintain, affirm, or defend against opposition or challenge
2.
to give moral support or inspiration to
3.
(rare) to support physically
4.
to lift up
Derived Forms
upholder, noun
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Word Origin and History for upheld

past participle of uphold (q.v.).

uphold

v.

early 13c., "support, sustain," from up + hold (v.). Cf. Old Frisian upholda, Middle Dutch ophouden, German aufhalten. Related: Upheld; upholding.

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