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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
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