Etymology
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uphold (v.)

c. 1200, "support, sustain," from up (adv.) + hold (v.). Similar formation in Old Frisian upholda, Middle Dutch ophouden, German aufhalten. Meaning "maintain in good condition or repair" is from 1570s. Related: Upheld; upholding.

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Definitions of uphold

uphold (v.)
keep or maintain in unaltered condition; cause to remain or last;
Synonyms: continue / carry on / bear on / preserve
uphold (v.)
stand up for; stick up for; of causes, principles, or ideals;
uphold (v.)
support against an opponent;
The appellate court upheld the verdict
Synonyms: maintain
From wordnet.princeton.edu