Defend is defined as to stand up for, protect or guard.(verb)
An example of defend is to stand up for a person who is being picked on by bullies.
See defend in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: ME defenden < OFr defendre < L defendere, to ward off, repel < de-, away, from + fendere, to strike < IE base *gwhen-, to strike > Gr theinein, to kill, strike, OE guth, combat
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verb de·fend·ed, de·fend·ing, de·fends verb, transitive
Origin: Middle English defenden
Origin: , from Old French defendre
Origin: , from Latin dēfendere, to ward off; see gwhen- in Indo-European roots.
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