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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 of uphold
1175-1225
1175-1225; Middle English up holden. See up-, hold1
Related forms
upholder, noun
Synonyms
1. See support.
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  • He did not even say that those who upheld what he calls 'tenets of Popery' were to be silenced.

    Oliver Cromwell Samuel Rawson Gardiner
  • That thought has manned me and upheld me when anguish was near to slaying me outright.

    The Shame of Motley Raphael Sabatini
  • She saw triumphant the cause she had upheld and her enemies sorrow-stricken at the dismemberment they had suffered.

    A Popular History of France From The Earliest Times Francois Pierre Guillaume Guizot
  • They had to be nurtured and upheld, no matter how the contacts of life hit his own skin.

    The Prisoner Alice Brown
  • She rang her bell hastily, and upheld the sinking head till help came.

    The Three Brides Charlotte M. Yonge
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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