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Definitions of upheld

upheld (ʌpˈhɛld



  1. the past tense and past participle of uphold

uphold (ʌpˈhəʊld



-holds -holding or -held (transitive)
  1. to maintain, affirm, or defend against opposition or challenge
  2. to give moral support or inspiration to
  3. (rare) to support physically
  4. to lift up

Derived Forms

upˈholder  noun

Example Sentences Including 'upheld'

As he emerged, his hand, upheld behind him, gripped a polythene-wrapped package.
Thomas, Craig The Last Raven
No one there could know that it was her king, Verity, her love, whose honour she upheld.
Robin Hobb THE GOLDEN FOOL: Book Two of the Tawny Man (2002)
They were carved like boles of mighty trees whose boughs upheld the roof with a branching tracery of stone.
J.R.R. Tolkien THE LORD OF THE RINGS (2004)


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