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English definition of “uphold”

uphold

verb [T]     /ʌpˈhəʊld/ (past tense and past participle upheld)
AGREE to agree with a decision, especially a legal one, and say it was correct: The court upheld the ruling.Court cases, orders and decisionsBacking, supporting and defendingDefending and protecting
SUPPORT to support a decision, principle, or law: Police officers are expected to uphold the law.Backing, supporting and defendingDefending and protectingObeying and breaking the lawObedient and compliantDisobedientBad and wrong behaviour
(Definition of uphold verb from the Cambridge Learner's Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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