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English verb: uphold

1. uphold (stative) keep or maintain in unaltered condition; cause to remain or last

SamplesPreserve the peace in the family.
Continue the family tradition.
Carry on the old traditions.

Synonymsbear on, carry on, continue, preserve

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)hold, keep, maintain

Narrower (hyponym)hang in, hang on, hold on, keep up, mummify, perpetuate, persevere, persist, prolong, re-start, restart, resume, sustain

Verb groupcontinue, continue, go along, go forward, go on, keep, proceed, proceed

Antonymscease, discontinue, lay off, quit, stop, give up

2. uphold (communication) stand up for; stick up for; of causes, principles, or ideals

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)defend, fend for, support

3. uphold (communication) support against an opponent

SamplesThe appellate court upheld the verdict.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)confirm, reassert

Narrower (hyponym)justify, vindicate

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