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Meaning & Definition of Defend in English

English

Defend

/dɪfɛnd/

verb

1. Argue or speak in defense of

  • "She supported the motion to strike"
    synonym:
  • defend
  • ,
  • support
  • ,
  • fend for

2. Be on the defensive

  • Act against an attack
    synonym:
  • defend

3. Protect against a challenge or attack

  • "Hold that position behind the trees!"
  • "Hold the bridge against the enemy's attacks"
    synonym:
  • defend
  • ,
  • guard
  • ,
  • hold

4. Fight against or resist strongly

  • "The senator said he would oppose the bill"
  • "Don't fight it!"
    synonym:
  • fight
  • ,
  • oppose
  • ,
  • fight back
  • ,
  • fight down
  • ,
  • defend

5. Protect or fight for as a champion

    synonym:
  • champion
  • ,
  • defend

6. Be the defense counsel for someone in a trial

  • "Ms. smith will represent the defendant"
    synonym:
  • defend
  • ,
  • represent

7. State or assert

  • "He maintained his innocence"
    synonym:
  • maintain
  • ,
  • defend

Examples of using

We should tell the children how to defend oneself.
The citizens immediately prepared everything to defend the city.
I never imagined that my skills as a lawyer would be used to defend Tom.