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uphold

 
Verb uphold has 3 senses
  1. continue, uphold, carry on, bear on, preserve - 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"
    --1 is one way to keep, maintain, hold
    Derived form: noun upholder1
    Sample sentences:
    Somebody ----s something
    Something ----s something
  2. uphold - stand up for; stick up for; of causes, principles, or ideals
    --2 is one way to
    defend, support, fend for
    Sample sentence:
    Somebody ----s something
  3. uphold, maintain - support against an opponent; "The appellate court upheld the verdict"
    --3 is one way to confirm, reassert
    Derived form: noun upholder1
    Sample sentence:
    Somebody ----s something
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