from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To hold aloft; raise: upheld the banner proudly.
- transitive v. To prevent from falling or sinking; support.
- transitive v. To maintain or affirm against opposition. See Synonyms at support.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To hold up; to lift on high; to elevate.
- v. To keep erect; to support; to sustain; to keep from falling; to maintain.
- v. To support by approval or encouragement.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To hold up; to lift on high; to elevate.
- transitive v. To keep erect; to support; to sustain; to keep from falling; to maintain.
- transitive v. To aid by approval or encouragement; to countenance.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To hold up; raise or lift on high; keep raised or elevated; elevate.
- To keep erect; keep from sinking or falling; hence, to support; sustain; maintain; keep up; keep from declining or being lost or ruined: as, to uphold a person, a decision, or a verdict.
- To countenance; give aid to: as, to uphold a lawbreaker.
- To warrant; vouch for.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. support against an opponent
- v. keep or maintain in unaltered condition; cause to remain or last
- v. stand up for; stick up for; of causes, principles, or ideals
From Middle English upholden, equivalent to up- + hold. Compare Dutch ophouden ("to stop, cease, hold up"), German aufhalten ("to stop, halt, detain"). (Wiktionary)