hold aloft(redirected from held these aloft)
1. Literally, to keep someone or something raised, supported, or suspended in the air or a higher place. A noun or pronoun can be used between "hold" and "aloft." He walked into the street, holding aloft a sign that read "The End Is Nigh." The immense statue was held aloft by a very thin column that started to crack almost immediately. The dancer held his partner aloft as he spun around the dance floor.
2. To maintain something in a position of importance or interest. A noun or pronoun can be used between "hold" and "aloft." The group has been holding aloft the ideals of humanism for nearly two decades.
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