Defend definition

dĭ-fĕnd
To compete against a challenger in an attempt to retain (a championship).
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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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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 make or keep safe from danger, attack, or harm.

A vaccine to defend the body from infection.

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To be responsible for guarding (an opposing player).
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To guard from attack; keep from harm or danger; protect.
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To ward off attacks from; to fight to protect; to guard.
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To engage in or be prepared to engage in battle to prevent (a population or area, for example) from being captured or occupied by an enemy.
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To attempt to prevent the opposition from scoring while playing in or near (a goal or area of a field, for example).
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To represent (a defendant) in a civil or criminal action.
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To attempt to disprove or invalidate (the claim made by a lawsuit or prosecution).

Defend a class action; defend a criminal case.

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To make a defense.
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(sports) To play defense.
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To support, maintain, or justify.

Defend one's conduct.

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To protect (a goal, etc.) against scoring by an opponent.
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To oppose (an action)
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To plead (one's cause) in defense.
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To act as lawyer for (an accused)
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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