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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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British Dictionary definitions for upholder

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 upholder

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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