Uphold vs Nurture - What's the difference?

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Uphold is a related term of nurture.

As verbs the difference between uphold and nurture

is that uphold is to hold up; to lift on high; to elevate while nurture is to nourish or nurse.

As a noun nurture is

the act of nourishing or nursing; tender care; education; training.




  • To hold up; to lift on high; to elevate.
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  • To keep erect; to support; to sustain; to keep from falling; to maintain.
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  • To support by approval or encouragement.
  • * 1748 . . Enquiries concerning the human understanding and concerning the principles of moral. London: Oxford University Press, 1973. § 18:
  • but there was still a connexion upheld among the different ideas, which succeeded each other.

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    (Webster 1913)


    (en noun)
  • The act of nourishing or nursing; tender care; education; training.
  • That which nourishes; food; diet.
  • (Spenser)
  • The environmental influences that contribute to the development of an individual; see also nature.
  • * Milton
  • A man neither by nature nor by nurture wise.


  • To nourish or nurse.
  • (figuratively, by extension) To encourage, especially the growth or development of something.
  • * 2009 , UNESCO, The United Nations World Water Development Report – N° 3 - 2009 – Freshwater and International Law (the Interplay between Universal, Regional and Basin Perspectives) , page 10, ISBN 9231041363
  • The relationships between universal norms and specific norms nurture the development of international law.