- 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 See related entries: Justice Extra examples Three judges unanimously upheld the sentence. We are determined to uphold the law. The regulator refused to uphold the complaint. The conviction was upheld by the Court of Appeal.
BrE BrE//ʌpˈhəʊld//; NAmE NAmE//ʌpˈhoʊld//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they uphold
BrE BrE//ʌpˈhəʊld//; NAmE NAmE//ʌpˈhoʊld//he / she / it upholds
BrE BrE//ʌpˈhəʊldz//; NAmE NAmE//ʌpˈhoʊldz//past simple upheld
BrE BrE//ʌpˈheld//; NAmE NAmE//ʌpˈheld//past participle upheld
BrE BrE//ʌpˈheld//; NAmE NAmE//ʌpˈheld//-ing form upholding
BrE BrE//ʌpˈhəʊldɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ʌpˈhoʊldɪŋ//Justice