V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: 1. to stand up and/or fight for something like a cause or ideal; 2. to keep something in an unchanged condition

Synonyms: defend, protect, champion, support, maintain

Antonyms: neglect, let down

Tips: If you switch the word uphold, you see that its essential meaning is "to hold up," or "to support." When you uphold something, you support it and are willing to fight for it.

Usage Examples:

The justices of the Supreme Court have sworn to uphold the Constitution. (support, defend)

The Superior Court judge upheld a previous ruling made by a lower court. (supported, maintained)

A good judge will uphold the law regardless of his or her personal beliefs. (support, protect)

Police officers take an oath to uphold the law and to protect the public. (maintain, defend)

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