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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.

defending

(dɪˈfɛndɪŋ)
adj
making a defence
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.defending - attempting to or designed to prevent an opponent from winning or scoring
game - a contest with rules to determine a winner; "you need four people to play this game"
athletics, sport - an active diversion requiring physical exertion and competition
defensive - intended or appropriate for defending against or deterring aggression or attack; "defensive weapons"; "a defensive stance"
Translations

defending

[dɪˈfendɪŋ] ADJ defending champion (Sport) → campeón m vigente
defending counsel (Jur) → abogado/a m/f defensor(a)

defending

adj defending counselVerteidiger(in) m(f); the defending championsdie Titelverteidiger pl

defending

[dɪˈfɛndɪŋ] adj defending champion (Sport) → campione/essa in carica
defending counsel (Law) → avvocato difensore
References in classic literature ?
I had been taking my turn with the others in defending the approach to our lofty retreat when Mors Kajak, who had been watching the battle in the street below, called aloud in sudden excitement.
The Master's plays host to defending NAIA champion Westmont on Wednesday before playing at undefeated Biola on Saturday.
Defending the networks of Global 2000 organizations, academic institutions and government entities, Lancope's StealthWatch protects over 175 enterprise customers and 15 million hosts worldwide.
If I've got my full team, we're going to be tough to beat,'' said the fifth-year coach, who boasts perhaps the region's top player in defending Mission League champ Hilary Barte, a sophomore who is ranked 36th in the United States Tennis Association's 18-and-under poll.
Canyon is the defending league champion in both the boys' and girls' teams.
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today at Staples Center, where the defending champion Sparks could advance to the WNBA Finals.
The ACLJ supports the Department of Justice and Terri's parents in defending Terri's Law, which was passed by Congress and signed into law by President Bush.
SANTA CLARITA - From buying a water company to writing a 20-year water supply plan, the Castaic Lake Water Agency is defending its every action and, so far, it's costing ratepayers.
The Napa Valley Vintners remain totally committed to defending our position, the basis of which is simple: Consumers understand that food -- and wine in particular -- is very much a product of the place where it's grown," says Linda Reiff, executive director of the Napa Valley Vintners.
But the Highlanders have the event's defending breaststroke champion in Christine Creek and senior butterfly and 500 freestyle swimmer Lindsay Palmberg.
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