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uphold

verb [T] uk   /ʌpˈhəʊld/ us    /-ˈhoʊld/ (upheld, upheld)
C2 to defend or keep a principle or law, or to say that a decision that has already been made, especially a legal one, is correct: As a police officer you are expected to uphold the law whether you agree with it or not. Judge Davis upheld the county court's decision.
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noun [C] uk   /-ˈhəʊl.dər/ us    /-ˈhoʊl.dɚ/
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