Up·hold v. t.
1. To hold up; to lift on high; to elevate.
The mournful train with groans, and hands upheld.
Besought his pity. --Dryden.
2. To keep erect; to support; to sustain; to keep from falling; to maintain.
Honor shall uphold the humble in spirit. --Prov. xxix 3.
In spite of spite, alone upholds the day. --Shak.
3. To aid by approval or encouragement; to countenance; as, to uphold a person in wrongdoing.
v 1: keep or maintain in unaltered condition; cause to remain or
last; "preserve the peace in the family"; "continue the
family tradition"; "Carry on the old traditions" [syn: continue,
carry on, bear on, preserve] [ant: discontinue]
2: stand up for; stick up for; of causes, principles, or ideals
3: support against an opponent; "The appellate court upheld the
verdict" [syn: maintain]