- Defend is defined as to stand up for, protect or guard.
An example of defend is to stand up for a person who is being picked on by bullies.
This little girl is ready to defend herself.
defend definition by Webster's New World
- to guard from attack; keep from harm or danger; protect
- to protect (a goal, etc.) against scoring by an opponent
- to support, maintain, or justify: defend one's conduct
- to oppose (an action)
- to plead (one's cause) in defense
- to act as lawyer for (an accused)
Origin: Middle English defenden ; from Old French defendre ; from Classical Latin defendere, to ward off, repel ; from de-, away, from plush fendere, to strike ; from Indo-European base an unverified form gwhen-, to strike from source Classical Greek theinein, to kill, strike, Old English guth, combat
defend definition by American Heritage Dictionary
verb de·fend·ed, de·fend·ing, de·fends verb, transitive
- To make or keep safe from danger, attack, or harm.
- Sports a. To attempt to prevent the opposition from scoring while playing in or near (a goal or area of a field, for example).b. To be responsible for guarding (an opposing player).c. To compete against a challenger in an attempt to retain (a championship).
- To support or maintain, as by argument or action; justify.
- Law a. To represent (a defendant) in a civil or criminal action.b. To attempt to disprove or invalidate (an action or claim).
- To make a defense.
- Sports To play defense.
Origin: Middle English defenden, from Old French defendre, from Latin dēfendere, to ward off; see gwhen- in Indo-European roots.
- de·fendˈa·ble adjective
- de·fendˈer noun
defend - Legal Definition