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defend

de·fend

defend

 
pronunciation:
dih fend
parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: defended, defending, defends
definition 1: to protect from harm, seizure, or intrusion; guard.
The army has been called in to defend the city.The dog defended its owner from an attacker in the park.The team is fighting to defend its title.The goalie must defend the team's goal.
synonyms:
guard, protect
antonyms:
attack
similar words:
bolster, convoy, fight for, fortify, safeguard, secure, shelter, shield
definition 2: to justify or give support to; maintain; uphold.
She struggled to defend her argument.When he spoke with the principal, he defended his son's actions.
synonyms:
justify, uphold
antonyms:
disclaim
similar words:
alibi, assert, hold a brief for, maintain, support, sustain, vindicate
definition 3: to serve as a lawyer in support of (someone).
She defended her client although she was not sure herself of his innocence.
similar words:
represent
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition: to make a defense.
These players need to learn how to defend.
synonyms:
fend, protect, resist
antonyms:
attack
similar words:
contend, counter, guard, struggle
derivation: defender (n.)
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