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defend

de·fend

defend

 
 
pronunciation:
dih fend
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part of speech: verb
inflections: defended, defending, defends
definition: to protect from harm; guard.
He defended his brother from the angry dog.The army is ready to defend the city.
synonyms:
guard, protect
antonyms:
attack
similar words:
fight for, shelter, shield
derivation: defender (n.)
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