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Definitions of defend

  1. protect or fight for as a champion Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. be the defense counsel for someone in a trial; "Ms. Smith will represent the defendant" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. argue or speak in defense of; "She supported the motion to strike" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. state or assert; "He maintained his innocence" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. fight against or resist strongly; "The senator said he would oppose the bill"; "Don't fight it!" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. be on the defensive; act against an attack Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  7. protect against a challenge or attack; "Hold that position behind the trees!"; "Hold the bridge against the enemy's attacks" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  8. To prohibit; to forbid. Webster Dictionary DB
  9. To ward or fend off; to drive back or away; to repel. Webster Dictionary DB
  10. To repel danger or harm from; to protect; to secure against; attack; to maintain against force or argument; to uphold; to guard; as, to defend a town; to defend a cause; to defend character; to defend the absent; -- sometimes followed by from or against; as, to defend one's self from, or against, one's enemies. Webster Dictionary DB
  11. To deny the right of the plaintiff in regard to (the suit, or the wrong charged); to oppose or resist, as a claim at law; to contest, as a suit. Webster Dictionary DB
  12. Defender. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  13. To guard or protect from harm or violence; as, the navy defends our seacoast; maintain or uphold, as one's legal rights, by force of argument or evidence; contest, as a suit. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  14. To guard; protect; maintain against attack; resist in law. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  15. To protect; maintan; justify; vindicate; make defense. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  16. Defendable. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  17. To ward off; to maintain against an attack or a charge; to resist; to prohibit; to drive back a foe; to protect; to vindicate. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  18. To enter defence. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  19. To maintain or vindicate by force or argument; to secure against attack; to shelter; to cover; to guard; to resist or repel. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  20. To repel danger or harm from; to protect; to secure against attack; to maintain against force or argument; to uphold; to guard; as, to defend a town; to defend a cause; to defend character; to defend the absent; sometimes followed by from or against; as, to defend one's self from, or against, one's enemies. dictgcide_fs
  21. de-fend', v.t. to keep off anything hurtful: to guard or protect: to maintain against attack: (obs.) to prohibit, forbid: (law) to resist, as a claim: to contest.--adj. DEFEND'ABLE, that may be defended.--ns. DEFEND'ANT, a defender: (law) a person accused or sued; DEFENDEE', one who is defended; DEFEND'ER; DEFEN'SATIVE, a protection; DEFENSIBIL'ITY.--adjs. DEFENS'IBLE, that may be defended; DEFENS'IVE, DEFEN'SORY, serving to defend: in a state or posture of defence.--n. that which defends: posture of defence.--adv. DEFENS'IVELY.--DEFENDER OF THE FAITH, a title borne by the sovereigns of England since Henry VIII., on whom it was conferred in 1521 for his book against Luther.--BE ON THE DEFENSIVE, to be in the position to defend one's self. [L. defend[)e]re, defensum, to ward off--de, off, and obs. fend[)e]re, to strike.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  22. Forbid, avert, (archaic; still in God d. !); ward off attack from, keep safe, protect; uphold by argument, vindicate, speak or write in favour of; (Law) make defence in court (d. oneself, conduct one\'s own defence), (of counsel) appear for defendant, conduct defence of. [old French] Concise Oxford Dictionary

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