uphold


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Uphold \Up*hold"\, v. t.
   1. To hold up; to lift on high; to elevate.
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            The mournful train with groans, and hands upheld.
            Besought his pity.                    --Dryden.
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   2. To keep erect; to support; to sustain; to keep from
      falling; to maintain.
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            Honor shall uphold the humble in spirit. --Prov.
                                                  xxix 3.
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            Faulconbridge,
            In spite of spite, alone upholds the day. --Shak.
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   3. To aid by approval or encouragement; to countenance; as,
      to uphold a person in wrongdoing.
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