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Definition of uphold:

  1. To aid by approval or encouragement; to countenance; as, to uphold a person in wrongdoing.
  2. To hold up; to lift on high; to elevate.
  3. To keep erect; to support; to sustain; to keep from falling; to maintain.

Synonyms:

remain, keep up, conserve, touch, champion, advocate, countenance, pick up, promote, sanction, buoy, carry on, wield, stay, uprear, stand by, confirm, assert, raise, refer, stay on, go on, heave, observe, endorse, pertain, hoist, relate, incite, proceed, take up, carry, stand behind, recommend, impact, keep on, plump for, affect, act up, go forward, encourage, maintain, uplift, rear, extend, embolden, boost, hold, bear on, retain, rise, bear upon, back up, instigate, elevate, deal, have-to doe with, persist in, brace, conduct, bear, preserve, keep, asseverate, come to, upraise, side with, get behind, touch on, lift, concern, continue, exert, push, go along.

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