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Verb (usu participle)


Verb uphold has 3 senses


upholdv. t. 
  •  To hold up; to lift on high; to elevate.  [1913 Webster]
    "The mournful train with groans, and hands upheld.
    Besought his pity.
    "  [1913 Webster]
  •  To keep erect; to support; to sustain; to keep from falling; to maintain.  [1913 Webster]
    "Honor shall uphold the humble in spirit."  [1913 Webster]
    In spite of spite, alone upholds the day.
    "  [1913 Webster]
  •  To aid by approval or encouragement; to countenance; as, to uphold a person in wrongdoing.  [1913 Webster]


uphold, v.tr. (past and past part. upheld)
1 confirm or maintain (a decision etc., esp. of another).
2 give support or countenance to (a person, practice, etc.).

upholder n.



OK, accept, admire, advocate, affirm, afford support, aid, allege in support, answer, approve, approve of, argue for, assert, assist, attest, authenticate, back, back up, backstop, bear, bear out, bear up, bless, bolster, bolster up, boost, brace, buoy, buoy up, buttress, carry, cast up, certify, champion, circumstantiate, confirm, conserve, contend for, copyright, corroborate, countenance, counter, cradle, crutch, cushion, defend, document, elevate, embrace, endorse, erect, escalate, espouse, esteem, favor, finance, float, float high, fortify, fund, give support, guard, heave, heft, heighten, heist, help, hike, hoick, hoist, hold, hold up, hold with, jerk up, justify, keep, keep afloat, keep alive, keep in countenance, keep intact, keep inviolate, keep safe, keep up, knock up, lend support, levitate, lift, lift up, lob, loft, mainstay, maintain, make a plea, not destroy, not endanger, not expend, not use up, not waste, patent, perk up, pick up, pillow, plead for, preserve, probate, promote, prop, prop up, protect, prove, raise, raise up, ratify, rear, rear up, rebut, refute, register, reinforce, reply, respect, respond, ride high, riposte, rise, sanction, save, say in defense, set up, shore, shore up, shoulder, side with, sky, spare, speak for, speak up for, stand by, stand up for, stay, stick up, stick up for, strengthen, subsidize, substantiate, subvention, subventionize, support, sustain, take kindly to, take up, think well of, throw up, underbrace, undergird, underlie, underpin, underset, up, upbear, upbuoy, upcast, upheave, uphoist, upkeep, uplift, upraise, uprear, upthrow, urge reasons for, validate, verify, view with favor, vindicate, waft, warrant




VB aid, assist, help, succor, lend one's aid, come to the aid, of, contribute, subscribe to, bring aid, give aid, furnish aid, afford aid, supply aid, give a helping hand, stretch a hand, lend a helping hand, lend a hand, bear a helping hand, hold out a hand, hold out a helping hand, give one a life, give one a cast, give one a turn, take by the hand, take in tow, help a lame dog over a stile, lend wings to, relieve, rescue, set up, set agoing, set on one's legs, bear through, pull through, give new life to, be the making of, reinforce, reenforce, recruit, set forward, put forward, push forward, give a lift, give a shove, give an impulse to, promote, further, forward, advance expedite, speed, quicken, hasten, support, sustain, uphold, prop, hold up, bolster, cradle, nourish, nurture, nurse, dry nurse, suckle, put out to nurse, manure, cultivate, force, foster, cherish, foment, feed the flame, fan the flame, serve, do service to, tender to, pander to, administer to, subminister to, minister to, tend, attend, wait on, take care of, entertain, smooth the bed of death, oblige, accommodate, consult the wishes of, humor, cheer, encourage, second, stand by, back, back up, pay the piper, abet, work for, make interest for, stick up for, take up the cudgels for, take up the cause of, espouse the cause of, adopt the cause of, advocate, beat up for recruits, press into the service, squire, give moral support to, keep in countenance, countenance, patronize, lend oneself to, lend one's countenance to, smile upon, shine upon, favor, befriend, take in hand, enlist under the banners of, side with, be of use to, subserve, benefit, render a service, conduce.

Continuance in action

VB continue, persist, go on, jog on, keep on, run on, hold on, abide, keep, pursue, stick to its course, take its course, maintain its course, carry on, keep up, sustain, uphold, hold up, keep on foot, follow up, perpetuate, maintain, preserve, harp upon, keep going, keep alive, keep the pot boiling, keep up the ball, keep up the good work, die in harness, die with one's boots on, hold on the even tenor of one's way, pursue the even tenor of one's way, let be, stare super antiquas vias, quieta non movere, let things take their course, stare decisis (Jurisprudence).


VB create, move, uphold, preserve, govern, atone, redeem, save, propitiate, mediate, predestinate, elect, call, ordain, bless, justify, sanctify, glorify Adj, almighty, holy, hallowed, sacred, divine, heavenly, celestial, sacrosanct, all-knowing, all-seeing, all-wise, omniscient, superhuman, supernatural, ghostly, spiritual, hyperphysical, unearthly, theistic, theocratic, anointed, soterial.


VB be supported, lie on, sit on, recline on, lean on, loll on, rest on, stand on, step on, repose on, abut on, bear on, be based on, have at one's back, bestride, bestraddle, support, bear, carry, hold, sustain, shoulder, hold up, back up, bolster up, shore up, uphold, upbear, prop, under prop, under pin, under set, riprap, bandage, give support, furnish support, afford support, supply support, lend support, give foundations, furnish foundations, afford foundations, supply foundations, lend foundations, bottom, found, base, ground, imbed, embed, maintain, keep on foot, aid.


VB approve, approbate, think good, think much of, think well of, think highly of, esteem, value, prize, set great store by, set great store on, do justice to, appreciate, honor, hold in esteem, look up to, admire, like, be in favor of, wish Godspeed, hail, hail with satisfaction, stand up for, stick up for, uphold, hold up, countenance, sanction, clap on the back, pat on the back, keep in countenance, indorse, give credit, recommend, mark with a white mark, mark with a stone, commend, belaud, praise, laud, compliment, pay a tribute, bepraise, clap the hands, applaud, cheer, acclamate, encore, panegyrize, eulogize, cry up, proner, puff, extol, extol to the skies, magnify, glorify, exalt, swell, make much of, flatter, bless, give a blessing to, have a good word for, say a good word for, speak well of, speak highly of, speak in high terms of, sing the praises of, sound the praises of, chaunt the praises of, resound the praises of, sing praises to, cheer to the echo, applaud to the echo, applaud to the very echo, cheer to the very echo, redound to the honor, redound to the praise, redound to the credit of, do credit to, deserve praise, recommend itself, pass muster, be praised, receive honorable mention, be in favor with, be in high favor with, ring with the praises of, win golden opinions, gain credit, find favor with, stand well in the opinion of, laudari a laudato viro.


VB be evidence, evince, show, betoken, tell of, indicate, imply, involve, argue, bespeak, breathe, have weight, carry weight, tell, speak volumes, speak for itself, rest upon, depend upon, repose on, bear witness, give evidence, testify, depose, witness, vouch for, sign, seal, undersign, set one's hand and seal, sign and seal, deliver as one's act and deed, certify, attest, acknowledge, make absolute, confirm, prove (demonstrate), indorse, countersign, corroborate, support, ratify, bear out, uphold, warrant, adduce, attest, cite, quote, refer to, appeal to, call, call to witness, bring forward, bring into court, allege, plead, produce witnesses, confront witnesses, place into evidence, mark into evidence, collect evidence, bring together evidence, rake up evidence, experiment, have a case, make out a case, establish, authenticate, substantiate, verify, make good, quote chapter and verse, bring home to, bring to book.

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