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:
References in classic literature ?
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
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.
Pakistan has been mounting in recent months to forfend being added to a list of countries considered non-compliant with terrorist financing regulations by FATF - a measure that may hurt its economy.
Once Alex has convinced Vadim he just wants to have a quiet, Englishy life and is not set on vengeance - oh no, heaven forfend - then he can return to Semiyon and they will plot his revenge.
Karachi -- President Pakistan Businessmen and Intellectuals Forum (PBIF), Mian Zahid Hussain has said trade gap and ballooning current account deficit will result in another IMF package to forfend serious balance of payments crisis and subsequent default.
Our vision is 12 detailed pages but heaven forfend if one sentence happens to agree with another party.
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
It's only by tapping into his inner neanderthal (a la Martin Scorsese's 1991 Cape Fear or Sam Peckinpah's 1971 Straw Dogs) that the white-collar nerd ultimately proves his 'worthiness' to keep his 'possessions'--heaven forfend that he do something clever or compassionate.
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.