Pronunciation: (up-hōld'), [key]
v.t., -held, -hold•ing.
1. to support or defend, as against opposition or criticism: He fought the duel to uphold his family's honor.
2. to keep up or keep from sinking; support: Stout columns upheld the building's heavy roof. Her faith upheld her in that time of sadness.
3. to lift upward; raise: The pilgrims upheld their eyes and thanked heaven for their safe journey.
4. Brit.
a. to upholster.
b. to maintain in good condition; take care of.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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