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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. [1913 Webster] The mournful train with groans, and hands upheld. Besought his pity. --Dryden. [1913 Webster] 2. To keep erect; to support; to sustain; to keep from falling; to maintain. [1913 Webster] Honor shall uphold the humble in spirit. --Prov. xxix 3. [1913 Webster] Faulconbridge, In spite of spite, alone upholds the day. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 3. To aid by approval or encouragement; to countenance; as, to uphold a person in wrongdoing. [1913 Webster]