Defend meaning

dĭ-fĕnd'
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.

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To play defense.
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To make a defense.
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To support or maintain, as by argument or action; justify.

Defended his friend's behavior.

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To ward off attacks from; to fight to protect; to guard.
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To compete against a challenger in an attempt to retain (a championship).
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To support, maintain, or justify.

Defend one's conduct.

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To make a defense.
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In litigation, to oppose a claimant’s case; to advance or protect one’s own adverse interests. Also, as an attorney, to represent the defendant in a criminal case or civil proceeding.
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To support by words or writing; to vindicate, talk in favour of.
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(law) To make legal defence of; to represent (the accused).
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(sports) To focus one's energies and talents on preventing opponents from scoring, as opposed to focusing on scoring.
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(sports) To attempt to retain a title, or attempt to reach the same stage in a competition as one did in the previous edition of that competition.
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(poker slang) To call a raise from the big blind.
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Origin of defend

  • Middle English defenden from Old French defendre from Latin dēfendere to ward off gwhen- in Indo-European roots
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • Middle English defenden, from Old French deffendre (Modern: défendre), from Latin dēfendō (“to ward off”).
    From Wiktionary