upheld

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

[uhp-hohld]
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.
a.
to upholster.
b.
to maintain in good condition; take care of.

Origin:
1175–1225; Middle English up holden. See up-, hold

upholder, noun


1. See support.
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upheld (ʌpˈhɛld)
 
vb
the past tense and past participle of uphold

uphold (ʌpˈhəʊld)
 
vb , -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
 
up'holder
 
n

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Word Origin & History

uphold
early 13c., "support, sustain," from up + hold (v.). Cf. O.Fris. upholda, M.Du. ophouden, Ger. aufhalten.

upheld
pp. of uphold (q.v.).
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Example sentences
Now, remember that free speech cannot be prohibited and that no matter where,
  the right to free speech must be upheld.
The court upheld their right to lie and they use that right extensively.
It has been upheld by various lawsuits and state codes.
Though the verdict was overturned, it showed that the taboo against directly
  criticising the king is still fiercely upheld.
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