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upholdverb [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 ​policeofficer 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/
(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 ​SupremeCourt upheld California’s ​termlimitmeasure.
(Definition of uphold from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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upholdverb [T]

uk   us   /ʌpˈhəʊld/ (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/  us /-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)
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