uphold Definition

  • 1to support or maintain, especially a decision or law
  • 2to keep something at a high level

Using uphold: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "uphold" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The court upheld the verdict of the lower court.

  • Example

    It is our duty to uphold the law.

  • Example

    She always tries to uphold her principles.

  • Example

    The company strives to uphold high ethical standards.

uphold Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for uphold

Phrases with uphold

  • to fulfill one's part of an agreement or deal


    I always uphold my end of the bargain when it comes to paying rent on time.

  • to maintain or continue a long-standing practice or custom


    The family has upheld the tradition of making homemade pasta for generations.

  • to maintain or preserve a positive image or standing in the eyes of others


    The company's commitment to quality has helped uphold its reputation as a leader in the industry.

Origins of uphold

from Old English 'up' + 'holdan', meaning 'to hold up'


Summary: uphold in Brief

To 'uphold' [ʌpˈhəʊld] means to support or maintain a decision, law, or principle, or to keep something at a high level. Examples include 'The court upheld the verdict of the lower court.' and 'The company strives to uphold high ethical standards.' Phrases like 'uphold one's end of the bargain' and 'uphold a tradition' denote fulfilling agreements and maintaining customs, while 'uphold a reputation' implies preserving a positive image.

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