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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Uphold \Up*hold"\, verb (used with an object)

1. To hold up; to lift on high; to elevate.

The mournful train with groans, and hands upheld. Besought his pity. --Dryden.

2. To keep erect; to support; to sustain; to keep from falling; to maintain.

Honor shall uphold the humble in spirit. --Prov. xxix 3.

Faulconbridge, In spite of spite, alone upholds the day. --Shak.

3. To aid by approval or encouragement; to countenance; as, to uphold a person in wrongdoing.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

uphold

verb

1: keep or maintain in unaltered condition; cause to remain or last; "preserve the peace in the family"; "continue the family tradition"; "Carry on the old traditions" [syn: {continue}, {uphold}, {carry on}, {bear on}, {preserve}] [ant: {cease}, {discontinue}, {give up}, {lay off}, {quit}, {stop}]

2: stand up for; stick up for; of causes, principles, or ideals

3: support against an opponent; "The appellate court upheld the verdict" [syn: {uphold}, {maintain}]


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