Meaning of “uphold” in the English Dictionary

"uphold" in British English

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upholdverb [ T ]

uk /ʌpˈhəʊld/ us /ʌpˈhoʊld/ upheld, upheld
upholder
noun [ C ] uk /ʌpˈhəʊl.dər/ us /ʌpˈhoʊl.dɚ/

(Definition of “uphold” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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upholdverb [ T ]

us /ˈʌpˈhoʊld/ past tense and past participle upheld /ʌpˈheld/

to defend or maintain a principle or law, or to state that a decision that has already been made, esp. a legal one, is correct:

The Supreme Court upheld California’s term limit measure.

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"uphold" in Business English

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upholdverb [ T ]

uk /ʌpˈhəʊld/ us upheld, upheld LAW

to state that a decision which has already been made, especially a legal one, is correct:

uphold a decision/ruling/appeal The court is said to be upholding its decision.

to keep or defend a principle or law:

When he took office he swore to uphold the laws of the land.
The decision by the court upholds the right of rural Alaskans to subsistence hunt and fish on most waters in Alaska.
upholder
noun [ C ] /ʌpˈhəʊldər/ /-ˈhoʊldɚ/

Our country's reputation as an upholder of standards of freedom and decency is being questioned.

(Definition of “uphold” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)