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de·fend

 (dĭ-fĕnd′)
v. de·fend·ed, de·fend·ing, de·fends
v.tr.
1.
a. To make or keep safe from danger, attack, or harm: a vaccine to defend the body from infection.
b. To engage in or be prepared to engage in battle to prevent (a population or area, for example) from being captured or occupied by an enemy.
2. Sports
a. To attempt to prevent the opposition from scoring while playing in or near (a goal or area of a field, for example).
b. To be responsible for guarding (an opposing player).
3. To compete against a challenger in an attempt to retain (a championship).
4. To support or maintain, as by argument or action; justify: defended his friend's behavior.
5. Law
a. To represent (a defendant) in a civil or criminal action.
b. To attempt to disprove or invalidate (the claim made by a lawsuit or prosecution): defend a class action; defend a criminal case.
v.intr.
1. To make a defense.
2. Sports To play defense.

[Middle English defenden, from Old French defendre, from Latin dēfendere, to ward off; see gwhen- in Indo-European roots.]

de·fend′a·ble adj.
de·fend′er n.
Synonyms: defend, protect, guard, preserve, shield, safeguard
These verbs mean to make or keep safe from danger, attack, or harm. Defend implies repelling or being ready to repel an attack: The army defended the border against the enemy. The politician responded quickly to defend his reputation.
Protect often suggests keeping something safe by coming between it and any threat of harm or injury: Police protected the stores from looters. Sunglasses protect your eyes.
Guard suggests keeping watch: Their dog guarded the house against intruders.
To preserve something is to protect it from future harm or alteration: An environmental group purchased the wetland to preserve it from commercial development.
Shield suggests providing a barrier against something dangerous or destructive: "Grant's remaining units made their way through heavy timber ... in turn, however, the woods shielded them from Confederate bullets until they were almost on top of the enemy line" (Brooks D. Simpson).
Safeguard implies the vigilant protection of something of great value or importance: The Bill of Rights safeguards our individual liberties.

defend

(dɪˈfɛnd)
vb
1. to protect (a person, place, etc) from harm or danger; ward off an attack on
2. (tr) to support in the face of criticism, esp by argument or evidence
3. (Law) to represent (a defendant) in court in a civil or criminal action
4. (General Sporting Terms) sport to guard or protect (oneself, one's goal, etc) against attack
5. (Games, other than specified) (tr) to protect (a championship or title) against a challenge
[C13: from Old French defendre, from Latin dēfendere to ward off, from de- + -fendere to strike]
deˈfendable adj
deˈfender n

de•fend

(dɪˈfɛnd)

v.t.
1. to ward off attack from; guard against assault or injury.
2. to maintain by argument, evidence, etc.; uphold.
3. to contest (a legal charge, claim, etc.).
4. to serve as attorney for (a defendant).
5. to attempt to retain (a championship title) in competition against a challenger.
v.i.
6. to make a defense.
[1200–50; Middle English < Old French defendre < Latin dēfendere to ward off =dē- de- + -fendere to strike]
de•fend′a•ble, adj.
de•fend′er, n.

defend


Past participle: defended
Gerund: defending

Imperative
defend
defend
Present
I defend
you defend
he/she/it defends
we defend
you defend
they defend
Preterite
I defended
you defended
he/she/it defended
we defended
you defended
they defended
Present Continuous
I am defending
you are defending
he/she/it is defending
we are defending
you are defending
they are defending
Present Perfect
I have defended
you have defended
he/she/it has defended
we have defended
you have defended
they have defended
Past Continuous
I was defending
you were defending
he/she/it was defending
we were defending
you were defending
they were defending
Past Perfect
I had defended
you had defended
he/she/it had defended
we had defended
you had defended
they had defended
Future
I will defend
you will defend
he/she/it will defend
we will defend
you will defend
they will defend
Future Perfect
I will have defended
you will have defended
he/she/it will have defended
we will have defended
you will have defended
they will have defended
Future Continuous
I will be defending
you will be defending
he/she/it will be defending
we will be defending
you will be defending
they will be defending
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been defending
you have been defending
he/she/it has been defending
we have been defending
you have been defending
they have been defending
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been defending
you will have been defending
he/she/it will have been defending
we will have been defending
you will have been defending
they will have been defending
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been defending
you had been defending
he/she/it had been defending
we had been defending
you had been defending
they had been defending
Conditional
I would defend
you would defend
he/she/it would defend
we would defend
you would defend
they would defend
Past Conditional
I would have defended
you would have defended
he/she/it would have defended
we would have defended
you would have defended
they would have defended
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.defend - argue or speak in defense of; "She supported the motion to strike"
argue, reason - present reasons and arguments
apologise, rationalize, apologize, rationalise, justify, excuse - defend, explain, clear away, or make excuses for by reasoning; "rationalize the child's seemingly crazy behavior"; "he rationalized his lack of success"
stick up, stand up - defend against attack or criticism; "He stood up for his friend"; "She stuck up for the teacher who was accused of harassing the student"
uphold - stand up for; stick up for; of causes, principles, or ideals
2.defend - be on the defensive; act against an attack
bulwark - defend with a bulwark
protect - shield from danger, injury, destruction, or damage; "Weatherbeater protects your roof from the rain"
ward off - avert, turn away, or repel; "Ward off danger"
hold back, arrest, turn back, contain, stop, check - hold back, as of a danger or an enemy; check the expansion or influence of; "Arrest the downward trend"; "Check the growth of communism in South East Asia"; "Contain the rebel movement"; "Turn back the tide of communism"
prevent, keep - stop (someone or something) from doing something or being in a certain state; "We must prevent the cancer from spreading"; "His snoring kept me from falling asleep"; "Keep the child from eating the marbles"
attack, assail - launch an attack or assault on; begin hostilities or start warfare with; "Hitler attacked Poland on September 1, 1939 and started World War II"; "Serbian forces assailed Bosnian towns all week"
3.defend - protect against a challenge or attack; "Hold that position behind the trees!"; "Hold the bridge against the enemy's attacks"
protect - shield from danger, injury, destruction, or damage; "Weatherbeater protects your roof from the rain"
hold - take and maintain control over, often by violent means; "The dissatisfied students held the President's office for almost a week"
4.defend - fight against or resist strongly; "The senator said he would oppose the bill"; "Don't fight it!"
fight, struggle, contend - be engaged in a fight; carry on a fight; "the tribesmen fought each other"; "Siblings are always fighting"; "Militant groups are contending for control of the country"
recalcitrate - show strong objection or repugnance; manifest vigorous opposition or resistance; be obstinately disobedient; "The Democratic senators recalcitrated against every proposal from the Republican side"
fend, resist, stand - withstand the force of something; "The trees resisted her"; "stand the test of time"; "The mountain climbers had to fend against the ice and snow"
stand firm, withstand, hold out, resist - stand up or offer resistance to somebody or something
drive back, fight off, repulse, rebuff, repel - force or drive back; "repel the attacker"; "fight off the onslaught"; "rebuff the attack"
5.defend - protect or fight for as a champion
back, endorse, indorse, plump for, plunk for, support - be behind; approve of; "He plumped for the Labor Party"; "I backed Kennedy in 1960"
6.defend - be the defense counsel for someone in a trial; "Ms. Smith will represent the defendant"
prosecute - bring a criminal action against (in a trial); "The State of California prosecuted O.J. Simpson"
7.defend - state or assert; "He maintained his innocence"
vindicate - maintain, uphold, or defend; "vindicate the rights of the citizens"
affirm - say yes to

defend

verb
1. protect, cover, guard, screen, secure, preserve, look after, shelter, shield, harbour, safeguard, fortify, ward off, watch over, stick up for (informal), keep safe, give sanctuary They defended themselves against some racist thugs.
2. support, champion, justify, maintain, sustain, plead for, endorse, assert, stand by, uphold, vindicate, stand up for, espouse, speak up for, stick up for (informal) Police chiefs strongly defended police conduct.

defend

verb
1. To keep safe from danger, attack, or harm:
Archaic: fend.
2. To support against arguments, attack, or criticism:
Translations
يُدَافِعُيُدافِعيُدافِع عَن
bránithájitobhajovat
forsvare
puolustaa
braniti
halda uppi vörnum fyrir, flytja málverja
防御する
방어하다
defendo
apsauginisgynybos
aizstāvēt
branitizagovarjati
försvara
แก้ตัว
savunmaksavunmasını yapmakkorumak
bảo vệ

defend

[dɪˈfend]
A. VT (all senses) → defender (against, from contra de) to defend o.sdefenderse
B. VI (Sport) → jugar de defensa

defend

[dɪˈfɛnd] vt
(against attackers) [+ town, bridge, building] → défendre; [+ person] → défendre
to defend sb from sth → défendre qn de qch
to defend o.s. → se défendre
(= stand up for) [+ decision, action, opinion] → justifier, défendre
(in court) [+ accused person] → défendre
[athlete, boxer, team] [+ title] → défendre

defend

vtverteidigen (also Jur) → (against gegen); to defend oneselfsich verteidigen

defend

[dɪˈfɛnd] vt (gen) → difendere; (decision, action) → giustificare; (opinion) → sostenere
to defend o.s. (against) → difendersi (da)

defend

(diˈfend) verb
1. to guard or protect against attack. The soldiers defended the castle; I am prepared to defend my opinions.
2. to conduct the defence of (a person) in a law-court.
deˈfendant noun
a person accused or sued in a law-court.
deˈfender noun
a person who defends (someone or something). the defenders of the castle.
deˈfensive (-siv) adjective
protective or resisting attack. a defensive attitude; defensive action.

defend

يُدَافِعُ bránit forsvare verteidigen υπερασπίζομαι defender puolustaa défendre braniti difendere 防御する 방어하다 verdedigen forsvare obronić defender защищать försvara แก้ตัว savunmak bảo vệ 保卫

defend

v. defender.
References in classic literature ?
Beth mourned as for a departed kitten, and Meg refused to defend her pet.
He remained silent, not offering to defend himself.
remain to defend those I escort, and freely name your own reward
At this place we encamped, and made a shelter to defend us from the inclement season, and began to hunt and reconnoitre the country.
She now issued forth, as would appear, to defend the entrance, looking, we must needs say, amazingly like the dragon which, in fairy tales, is wont to be the guardian over an enchanted beauty.
Alone in the world, cast off by it, and with this sole treasure to keep her heart alive, she felt that she possessed indefeasible rights against the world, and was ready to defend them to the death.
I was there to protect and defend the little creatures in the world the most bereaved and the most lovable, the appeal of whose helplessness had suddenly become only too explicit, a deep, constant ache of one's own committed heart.
Twas a pity,' he said, `that such a fine horse should go to the bad, for want of a real good chance,' and the end of it was that I came here not long before you did; but I had then made up my mind that men were my natural enemies and that I must defend myself.
The newspapers ridicule the authors, the churches defend the criminals, and the government--does nothing.
Ministers can't help the evil, perhaps,--can't cure it, any more than we can,--but defend it
The master is fre- quently compelled to sell this class of his slaves, out of deference to the feelings of his white wife; and, cruel as the deed may strike any one to be, for a man to sell his own children to human flesh-mongers, it is often the dictate of humanity for him to do so; for, unless he does this, he must not only whip them himself, but must stand by and see one white son tie up his brother, of but few shades darker com- plexion than himself, and ply the gory lash to his naked back; and if he lisp one word of disapproval, it is set down to his parental partiality, and only makes a bad matter worse, both for himself and the slave whom he would protect and defend.
There would have been either the ostentation of a coxcomb, or the evasions of a mind too weak to defend its own vanities.