Pronunciation: (up-hōld'),[key] —v.t.,-held, -hold•ing. 1. to support or defend, as against opposition or criticism: He fought the duel to uphold his family's honor. 2. to keep up or keep from sinking; support: Stout columns upheld the building's heavy roof. Her faith upheld her in that time of sadness. 3. to lift upward; raise: The pilgrims upheld their eyes and thanked heaven for their safe journey. 4. Brit. a. to upholster.
b. to maintain in good condition; take care of.