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uphold [ uhp-hohld ]
Main Entry: uphold
Part of Speech: verb
Definition: maintain, support
Synonyms: advocate, aid, assist, back, back up, bolster, boost, brace, buoy up, buttress, carry, champion, confirm, countenance, defend, elevate, encourage, endorse, help, hoist, hold to, hold up one's end, justify, pick up, promote, prop, raise, rear, second, shore up, side with, stand by, stick by, stick up for, sustain, take up, upbear, uplift, upraise, uprear, vindicate
Antonyms: weaken
Main Entry: acknowledge
Part of Speech: verb
Definition: verbally recognize authority
Synonyms: accede, accept, acquiesce, agree, allow, approve, attest to, certify, defend, defer to, endorse, grant, own, ratify, recognize, subscribe to, support, take an oath, uphold, yield
Antonyms: forswear, ignore, refuse, renounce, repudiate
Main Entry: advocate
Part of Speech: verb
Definition: support idea or cause publicly
Synonyms: advance, advise, argue for, back, be in corner, bless, bolster, boost*, brace up, build up, campaign for, champion, countenance, defend, encourage, favor, further, get on bandwagon, give a leg up, give a lift, go for, go to bat for, go with, hold with, justify, plead for, plug*, plump for, press for, promote, propose, push, recommend, ride shotgun for, root for, run interference for, say so, side, speak for, spread around, stump for, support, tout, uphold, urge, vindicate
Antonyms: assail, attack, criticize, impugn, oppose, protest
Main Entry: approve
Part of Speech: verb
Definition: allow, authorize
Synonyms: accede, accept, accredit, acquiesce, advocate, affirm, agree, assent, authorize, back*, bless*, boost, buy, buy into, certify, charter, concur, confirm, consent, dig*, empower, encourage, endorse, establish, get behind, give go-ahead, go along with, groove*, hats off to, lap up, license, maintain, make law, make valid, mandate, okay, permit, pronounce, push for, ratify, recommend, sanction, seal, second, sign, sign off on, stump for, subscribe to, support, thumbs up, uphold, validate
Antonyms: disallow, disapprove, invalidate, oppose, refuse, reject
Main Entry: assert
Part of Speech: verb
Definition: insist, declare, maintain
Synonyms: advance, affirm, allege, argue, asservate, attest, aver, avouch, avow, butt in, cite, claim, contend, defend, horn in, justify, mouth off, pop off, predicate, press, proclaim, profess, pronounce, protest, put forward, say, shoot off one's mouth, shoot one's wad, stand up for, state, stress, swear, uphold, vindicate, warrant
Antonyms: deny, reject
Main Entry: attest
Part of Speech: verb
Definition: affirm, vouch for
Synonyms: adjure, announce, argue, assert, asservate, authenticate, aver, bear out, bear witness, certify, confirm, corroborate, countersign, declare, demonstrate, display, exhibit, give evidence, indicate, prove, ratify, seal, show, substantiate, support, sustain, swear, testify, uphold, verify, warrant, witness
Antonyms: deny
Main Entry: back
Part of Speech: verb
Definition: support
Synonyms: abet, abide by, advocate, ally, angel*, assist, bankroll, boost, champion, countenance, encourage, endorse, favor, finance, give a boost, give a leg up, give a lift, go to bat for, grubstake, sanction, second, side with, sponsor, stake, stand behind, stick by, stick up for, subsidize, sustain, underwrite, uphold
Antonyms: discourage, dissuade
Main Entry: bear
Part of Speech: verb
Definition: support mentally
Synonyms: cherish, entertain, exhibit, harbor, have, hold, hold up, maintain, possess, shoulder, sustain, uphold, weigh upon
Main Entry: bear out
Part of Speech: verb
Definition: substantiate
Synonyms: authenticate, confirm, corroborate, endorse, justify, prove, substantiate, support, uphold, validate, verify, vindicate
Main Entry: befriend
Part of Speech: verb
Definition: make social acquaintance; support
Synonyms: advise, aid, assist, back, benefit, buddy up, case out, come on to, cotton to, encourage, favor, get chummy with, get in with, help, hit it off, patronize, side with, stand by, sustain, take under one's wing, take up with, uphold, welcome
Antonyms: ignore, neglect
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