• To hold up; to lift on high; to elevate.
  • To keep erect; to support; to sustain; to keep from falling
  • To support by approval or encouragement, to confirm (something which has been questioned)


  • From Middle English upholden, equivalent to up- + hold. Compare Dutch ophouden ("to stop, cease, hold up"), German aufhalten ("to stop, halt, detain"). Compare also Middle Low German upholt, Old Norse upphald ("uphold, support").

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