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Definitions and Synonyms of uphold | Another word for uphold | What is uphold?

Definition 1: stand up for; stick up for; of causes, principles, or ideals - [verb of communication]

(uphold is a kind of ...) argue or speak in defense of

"She supported the motion to strike"

Definition 2: support against an opponent - [verb of communication]

Samples where uphold or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The appellate court upheld the verdict

Synonyms for uphold in the sense of this definition

(uphold is a kind of ...) strengthen or make more firm

"The witnesses confirmed the victim's account"

(... is a kind of uphold ) show to be right by providing justification or proof

"vindicate a claim"

Definition 3: keep or maintain in unaltered condition; cause to remain or last - [verb of stative]

Samples where uphold or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • preserve the peace in the family
  • continue the family tradition
  • Carry on the old traditions

Synonyms for uphold in the sense of this definition

(uphold is a kind of ...) cause to continue in a certain state, position, or activity; e.g., `keep clean'

"hold in place" "She always held herself as a lady" "The students keep me on my toes"

(... is a kind of uphold ) take up or begin anew

"We resumed the negotiations"

(... is a kind of uphold ) be persistent, refuse to stop

"he persisted to call me every night" "The child persisted and kept asking questions"

(... is a kind of uphold ) cause to continue or prevail

"perpetuate a myth"

(... is a kind of uphold ) lengthen or extend in duration or space

"We sustained the diplomatic negotiations as long as possible" "prolong the treatment of the patient" "keep up the good work"

(... is a kind of uphold ) preserve while making lifeless

"mummified ideas and institutions should be gotten rid of"

(uphold has a similar meaning as ...) move ahead; travel onward in time or space

"We proceeded towards Washington" "She continued in the direction of the hills" "We are moving ahead in time now"

(uphold has a similar meaning as ...) continue a certain state, condition, or activity

"Keep on working!" "We continued to work into the night" "Keep smiling" "We went on working until well past midnight"

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