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Definitions of defend

  1. To enter defence. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  2. To ward or fend off; to drive back or away; to repel. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. 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
  4. 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.
  5. To guard; protect; maintain against attack; resist in law. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  6. be the defense counsel for someone in a trial; "Ms. Smith will represent the defendant" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  7. argue or speak in defense of; "She supported the motion to strike" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  8. fight against or resist strongly; "The senator said he would oppose the bill"; "Don't fight it!" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  9. be on the defensive; act against an attack Scrapingweb 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 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.
  12. Defendable. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.

Usage examples for defend

  1. As to that, said Archer, he is your friend, and you are right to defend him; and I won't say another word against him. – The Parent's Assistant by Maria Edgeworth
  2. Defend himself as he would those who had arrested him knew too well how great a wrong they had done him, now to let him live. – The Golden Age in Transylvania by Mór Jókai
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