- 1uphold something to support something that you think is right and make sure that it continues to exist We have a duty to uphold the law. The regime has been criticized for failing to uphold human rights.
- 2uphold something (especially of a court of law) to agree that a previous decision was correct or that a request is reasonable to uphold a conviction/an appeal/a complaint
NAmE//ʌpˈhoʊld//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they uphold
he / she / it upholds
past simple upheld
-ing form upholding
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noun an upholder of traditional values