• WordNet 3.6
    • v uphold stand up for; stick up for; of causes, principles, or ideals
    • v uphold support against an opponent "The appellate court upheld the verdict"
    • v uphold keep or maintain in unaltered condition; cause to remain or last "preserve the peace in the family","continue the family tradition","Carry on the old traditions"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Uphold To aid by approval or encouragement; to countenance; as, to uphold a person in wrongdoing.
    • Uphold To hold up; to lift on high; to elevate. "The mournful train with groans, and hands upheld .
      Besought his pity."
    • Uphold To keep erect; to support; to sustain; to keep from falling; to maintain. "Honor shall uphold the humble in spirit.""Faulconbridge,
      In spite of spite, alone upholds the day."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • uphold To hold up; raise or lift on high; keep raised or elevated; elevate.
    • uphold To keep erect; keep from sinking or falling; hence, to support; sustain; maintain; keep up; keep from declining or being lost or ruined: as, to uphold a person, a decision, or a verdict.
    • uphold To countenance; give aid to: as, to uphold a lawbreaker.
    • uphold To warrant; vouch for.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Uphold up-hōld′ to hold up: to sustain: to countenance: to defend: to continue without failing
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  • Eric Burdon
    Eric Burdon
    “You've got to create a dream. You've got to uphold the dream. If you can't, go back to the factory or go back to the desk.”
  • Virginia Woolf
    “Rigid, the skeleton of habit alone upholds the human frame.”
  • Thomas Moore
    Thomas Moore
    “I would uphold the law if for no other reason but to protect myself.”
  • Blaise Pascal
    “Those are weaklings who know the truth and uphold it as long as it suits their purpose, and then abandon it.”


In literature:

These and other inconsistencies have puzzled many ardent upholders of American chivalry.
"What eight million women want" by Rheta Childe Dorr
Humility, again, is said both by its upholders and opponents to be the peculiar growth of Christianity.
"The Defendant" by G.K. Chesterton
By a Society of Upholders and Cabinet makers.
"Illustrated History of Furniture" by Frederick Litchfield
We all "uphold Adam's profession": we are all gardeners, either practically or theoretically.
"Flowers and Flower-Gardens" by David Lester Richardson
At this stage of the conflict the controversy became sectional, the South upholding and the North seeking to remove the evil.
"Thirty Years in the Itinerancy" by Wesson Gage Miller
These he presented in a burning speech, upholding the rights of the Virginians.
"A Short History of the United States" by Edward Channing
And a dozen good friends to uphold me.
"Port O' Gold" by Louis John Stellman
The town of Bethany had never heard such doctrines as Robert was upholding.
"Around Old Bethany" by Robert Lee Berry
Maker, upholder, governor of all: Thyself unmade, ungoverned, unupheld.
"The Harp of God" by J. F. Rutherford
There is nothing in all the world like these things combined for the upbuilding and upholding of health and courage.
"Laugh and Live" by Douglas Fairbanks

In poetry:

I lean my heart unto thee, sadly folding
Thy hand in mine;
With even the weakness of my soul upholding
The strength of thine.
"To My Friend OnThe Death Of His Sister" by John Greenleaf Whittier
"And I am with thee to uphold,
To guard thee with a Father's care,
And lead thee to the chosen fold
Which for My children I prepare."
"Life's Pilgrimage" by Alfred Gibbs Campbell
Cheer up, brother; there's a power
That upholds when none is near;
And through all life's darkest hour
Whispers sweetly—do not fear.
"Cheer Up" by Benjamin Cutler Clark
Let every tongue thy goodness speak,
Thou sovereign Lord of all;
Thy strength'ning hands uphold the weak,
And raise the poor that fall.
"Psalm 145 part 3" by Isaac Watts
Our help is in Jehovah's name,
Who formed the earth and built the skies:
He that upholds that wondrous frame
Guards his own church with watchful eyes.
"Psalm 124" by Isaac Watts
I have but Thee, my Father! let Thy spirit
Be with me then to comfort and uphold;
No gate of pearl, no branch of palm I merit,
Nor street of shining gold.
"At Last" by John Greenleaf Whittier

In news:

Colorado PERA Board upholds 8 percent rate of return expectation.
Supreme Court upholds voter fraud in Arizona, for now.
The Mississippi Supreme Court has denied Attorney General Jim Hood's motion asking justices to reconsider their decison to uphold the pardons of former Gov Haley Barbour.
Resist feds' call for N.J. Pedestrians in downtown Chicago watch President Barack Obama speak on a giant monitor Thursday, June 28, 2012, after the Supreme Court's decision upholding the vast majority of his health care overhaul.
This week our guest commentator for "Writing on the Wall" tells us about the show of force by young artists upholding the Los Angeles mural tradition in the Valley.
Do married couples uphold sanctity of marriage.
Presidential candidate Newt Gingrich upholds the sanctity of marriage ( / Ann Telnaes ) Correction: Clarification.
Do you agree with the Supreme Court's decision to uphold the individual mandate in President Obama's health care law.
'Sorority Row' pledges to uphold the familiar slasher film tradition.
Arizona is suing the federal government, saying the Obama administration has failed to uphold its duty to prevent rampant illegal immigration.
WICHITA FALLS — Wichita County Commissioners voted Monday to uphold the county's burn ban.
Chief Justice Roberts says there is a "fair prospect" the high court will uphold the law.
US Supreme Court upholds stay of execution in Fla.
Supreme Court upholds stay of execution for Florida man.
PLANES SHOULD STREAK IN drill formation to salute the New York City Council for voting late last month to uphold the landmark designation of the T.W.A.

In science:

However the introduction of inhomogeneous middle scales uphold the existence of a Cosmologic Principle on large ones, so until no counterevidence is shown, we can remain with this solution. We, however, note that there is another solution, even if it is not too convenient.
On a Possible Indicator of Homogeneity of the Universe
Heat radiation or gas leaks and other on-board causes cannot be completely ruled out, but it is tough to uphold that the same intrinsic effect shows up in five spacecrafts that differ both in designs and tra jectories.
The Anomalous Acceleration of the Pioneer Spacecrafts
Upholding a quasiparticle picture their backaction onto the momentum distribution is described by a quantum Boltzmann equation which is an effective kinetic equation for the momentum distribution function in terms of a scattering integral.
Real-time evolution for weak interaction quenches in quantum systems
Several thought experiments, when analyzed properly, uphold this law (see, for example, Ref. ) and a proof is possible under different sets of assumptions .
Thermodynamical Aspects of Gravity: New insights
The SU (3)W breaking scale F and the coupling y1 cannot be chosen too large if one wants to uphold the pseudoGoldstone nature of the Higgs doublet, since the SU (3)2 violating effects in the (s)top sector are proportional to y1F , as discussed in the next section.
Higgs as a pseudo-Goldstone boson, the mu problem and gauge-mediated supersymmetry breaking