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upheld (ʌpˈhɛld Pronunciation for upheld



  1. the past tense and past participle of uphold

uphold (ʌpˈhəʊld Pronunciation for uphold



-holds, -holding, -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
But he has not revealed if a bribery allegation against a board employee was upheld by an internal investigation.
Belfast Telegraph (2005)
He appealed against the decision but the punishment was upheld last year.
Glasgow Herald (2001)
I have always upheld that the more intelligent a dog the more resistant it is to change.
Jan Fennell, Foreword by Monty Roberts THE DOG LISTENER: Learning the Language of your Best Friend (2002)
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)
Of course, the State always has the right to invite a court to consider whether a claim of confidentiality ought to be upheld.
Irish Times (2002)
The technicalities on which they are upheld or dismissed by weary courts are equally myopic.
India Today (1996)
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)
Ward's appeal against his conviction for the murder of Veronica Guerin was upheld last week.
Irish Times (2002)


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