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.
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assist (part of speech: verb)
support (part of speech: verb)
defend (part of speech: verb)
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- Three such strong supports- a diplomat, a soldier, and a high government official- will uphold and preserve the work of my hands.
- So she, too, waited patiently, to foil his machinations and uphold the honor of the Huffs. - "Shadow Mountain", Dane Coolidge.
- But, she uttered no sound; and so strong was the voice within her, representing that it was she of all the world who must uphold him in his misery and not augment it, that it quickly raised her, even from that shock. - "A Tale of Two Cities A Story of the French Revolution", Charles Dickens.