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for·fend

also fore·fend (fôr-fĕnd′)
tr.v. for·fend·ed, for·fend·ing, for·fends also fore·fend·ed or fore·fend·ing or fore·fends
1. To keep or ward off; avert.
2. Archaic To forbid.

[Middle English forfenden : for-, for- + fenden, to ward off; see fend.]
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forfend

(fɔːˈfɛnd) or

forefend

vb (tr)
1. US to protect or secure
2. obsolete to prohibit or prevent
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for•fend

or fore•fend

(fɔrˈfɛnd)

v.t.
1. to defend, secure, or protect.
2. to fend off, avert, or prevent.
3. Archaic. to forbid.
[1350–1400]
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forfend


Past participle: forfended
Gerund: forfending

Imperative
forfend
forfend
Present
I forfend
you forfend
he/she/it forfends
we forfend
you forfend
they forfend
Preterite
I forfended
you forfended
he/she/it forfended
we forfended
you forfended
they forfended
Present Continuous
I am forfending
you are forfending
he/she/it is forfending
we are forfending
you are forfending
they are forfending
Present Perfect
I have forfended
you have forfended
he/she/it has forfended
we have forfended
you have forfended
they have forfended
Past Continuous
I was forfending
you were forfending
he/she/it was forfending
we were forfending
you were forfending
they were forfending
Past Perfect
I had forfended
you had forfended
he/she/it had forfended
we had forfended
you had forfended
they had forfended
Future
I will forfend
you will forfend
he/she/it will forfend
we will forfend
you will forfend
they will forfend
Future Perfect
I will have forfended
you will have forfended
he/she/it will have forfended
we will have forfended
you will have forfended
they will have forfended
Future Continuous
I will be forfending
you will be forfending
he/she/it will be forfending
we will be forfending
you will be forfending
they will be forfending
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been forfending
you have been forfending
he/she/it has been forfending
we have been forfending
you have been forfending
they have been forfending
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been forfending
you will have been forfending
he/she/it will have been forfending
we will have been forfending
you will have been forfending
they will have been forfending
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been forfending
you had been forfending
he/she/it had been forfending
we had been forfending
you had been forfending
they had been forfending
Conditional
I would forfend
you would forfend
he/she/it would forfend
we would forfend
you would forfend
they would forfend
Past Conditional
I would have forfended
you would have forfended
he/she/it would have forfended
we would have forfended
you would have forfended
they would have forfended
Collins English Verb Tables © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.forfend - prevent the occurrence offorfend - prevent the occurrence of; prevent from happening; "Let's avoid a confrontation"; "head off a confrontation"; "avert a strike"
foreclose, forestall, preclude, prevent, forbid - keep from happening or arising; make impossible; "My sense of tact forbids an honest answer"; "Your role in the projects precludes your involvement in the competitive project"
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forfend

also forefend
verb
To prohibit from occurring by advance planning or action:
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References in classic literature ?
"Now, Heaven forfend," quoth he, "that Robin Hood has fallen into the clutches of a King's man!
"Heaven forfend that such a thing should come to pass!" said Alleyne.
"Now, Reynold Greenleaf," quoth the Sheriff, "thou art the fairest hand at the longbow that mine eyes ever beheld, next to that false knave, Robin Hood, from whose wiles Heaven forfend me!
This suggests the Supreme Leader cheerleaders are swinging into action on his behalf, because heaven forfend the club should actually issue a statement clarifying matters.
NEWSBOY'S 1-2-3 1 LOPE Y FERNANDEZ 2 PINATUBO 3 HEAVEN FORFEND LOPE Y FERNANDEZ has a first-rate chance of giving Aidan O'Brien a third juvenile success of the meeting - and a record fifth win in this race.
The calls would be relayed to crack warden teams around the country, who would arrive at the scene with haste and ensure the protection of a child's right to scribble on a pavement, ride their bike on a main road, or heaven forfend, blooter a size 5 Mitre off a lock-up door.
NEWBURY: 1.35 Biometric, 2.10 Habub, 2.45 Heaven Forfend, 3.20 Buckland Boy, 3.55 After John, 4.25 Arabist, 4.55 Kiefer, 5.30 Lacan.
In my game, if (heaven forfend) Ruto does eventually emerge victorious and succeeds President Uhuru Kenyatta (2013 to present) as the next resident of State House, he may decide to continue channelling Moi, in which case his greatest supporters better have a plan B ready.
It meant taking the referendum and using it as an opportunity to rediscover some of the dynamism of these bearded Victorians; not to build a new empire, heaven forfend, but to use every ounce of Britain's power, hard and soft, to go back out into the world in a way that we had perhaps forgotten over the past 45 years: to find friends, to open markets, to promote our culture and our values.
That represents everything that's wrong with politics; our Vision is 12 detailed pages but heaven forfend if one sentence happens to agree with another party!
And as, potentially, the first Merseyside act to represent the UK in the competition since Jemini in 2003, when they walked away with an embarrassing "nul points" how would he feel if, heaven forfend, he got the same result?
Administration, relegation and disputes over ticket prices can be powerful motivators, heaven forfend that such days should ever visit the John Smiths' Stadium.