up·hold vt -held, -hold·ing: to judge valid: let standuphold an award; specif: to hold constitutionaluphold the practice of having religious invocations and benedictions at high school graduation ceremonies — Sands v. Morongo Unified Sch. Dist., 809 P.2d 809 (1991)(dissent)uphold a statute
Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam-Webster. 1996.
accept, acknowledge, advocate, affirm, agree with, aid, approve, assert, assist, authenticate, back, back up, bear up, bolster, brace, buttress, carry, champion, confirm, corroborate, countenance, decide in favor of, defend, elevate, encourage, endorse, espouse, favor, guard, help, hold up, justify, keep, maintain, perpetuate, preserve, prop, protect, raise, sanction, second, speak for, stand by, stand up for, stay, substantiate, support, sustain, sustentare, sustinere, upraise, vindicate, warrant
associated concepts: uphold a decision, uphold the law
adhere (maintain loyalty), advocate, aid, approve, bear (support), bolster, certify (approve), concur (agree), confirm, continue (prolong), corroborate, defend, demonstrate (establish), document, espouse, establish (show), indorse, justify, maintain (sustain), pass (approve), preserve, promote (organize), prove, reassure, recommend, sanction, side, sponsor, subsidize, substantiate, support (assist), sustain (confirm), sustain (prolong), underwrite, vouch, witness (attest to)
Burton's Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006