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Definitions of fend

  1. try to manage without help; "The youngsters had to fend for themselves after their parents died" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. withstand the force of something; "The trees resisted her"; "stand the test of time"; "The mountain climbers had to fend against the ice and snow" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. A fiend. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. To act on the defensive, or in opposition; to resist; to parry; to shift off. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. To keep off; to prevent from entering or hitting; to ward off; to shut out; - often with off; as, to fend off blows. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. To ward off; protect with a fender. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  7. To provide; as, he must fend for himself. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  8. To ward off; to shut out. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  9. To ward off; defend; guard. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  10. To fence; parry. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  11. To keep or ward off; to shut out. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  12. To act in opposition; to resist; to parry. See Defend. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  13. To ward off; to prevent from entering; to parry a charge. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  14. To keep off; to prevent from entering or hitting; to ward off; to shut out; -- often with off; as, to fend off blows. mso.anu.edu.au
  15. fend, v.t. to ward off: to shut out: to defend.--v.i. to offer resistance: to make provision for.--n. self-support, the shift one makes for one's self.--adj. FEND'Y, shifty. [Abbrev. of defend.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  16. Ward off, keep away, repel from; provide for (usu. oneself). Concise Oxford Dictionary
  17. To keep of; to shut out. Complete Dictionary
  18. To dispute, to shift off a charge. Complete Dictionary

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