forfend


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Related to forfend: disenrolled, faltered, facilitates, indulged

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.]

forfend

(fɔːˈfɛnd) or

forefend

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

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]

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
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"

forfend

also forefend
verb
To prohibit from occurring by advance planning or action:
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"Now, Heaven forfend," quoth he, "that Robin Hood has fallen into the clutches of a King's man!
"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!
"Heaven forfend that such a thing should come to pass!" said Alleyne.
"Fate forfend!" he exclaimed, his face going white under the blood that now nearly covered it.
Norman of Torn, if you are not the son of the old man you call father may God forfend that England ever guesses your true parentage.
And I don't believe there would be a mad rush to the altar if, heaven forfend, Cameron walks into Number 10 four weeks from today.
The one non-economist was Richard Lambert, a journalist, heaven forfend. He was a rather special journalist, who had edited the Financial Times.
And, heaven forfend, that great Scots hero William Wallace - as portrayed ludicrously by actor Mel Gibson, raised in Oz but born in New York - could have hailed from Snowdonia's slopes as the name stems from le Waleis meaning "the Welshman".
Selling Santon, for example, was good business for the CLUB, not for the team, or the head coach, or - heaven forfend - the supporter's aspirations, just the balance sheets.
When Obama took power he fed the lie that any child in America could grow up to be president - a black, a Hispanic and, heaven forfend, a woman.
What would happen if ever he took the wrong decision for the pension system, or anything else, heaven forfend. No matter, he won't, not so that he would notice.
Heaven forfend but the funeral has also obliged the possible future head of the Church of England to switch the time of his marriage ceremony to fragrant but divorced Camilla, while the Sweet Prince jostles with the anguished throng in the Vatican.