Fend meaning

fĕnd
Fend is defined as to stand up to, resist or defend.

An example of fend is spraying your roof with water when a fire is nearby.

An example of fend is someone without any shooting or defense skills trying to fight off an intruder.

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To ward off. Often used with off:

Fend off an attack.

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(archaic) To defend.
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To make an effort to resist.

Fend against the cold.

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To attempt to manage without assistance.

Had to fend for ourselves until we were rescued.

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(archaic) To defend.
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To resist; parry.
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(UK dialectal) An enemy; fiend; the Devil.
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(intransitive) To take care of oneself, to take responsibility for oneself.
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(rare, except as "fend for oneself") To defend, to take care of (typically construed with for); to block or push away (typically construed with off).
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fend for oneself
  • to manage by oneself; get along without help
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fend off
  • to ward off
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

Origin of fend

  • Middle English fenden short for defenden to defend defend

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English, from Old English fēond (“adversary, foe, enemy, fiend, devil, Satan”). More at fiend.

    From Wiktionary

  • From Middle English fenden (“defend, fight, prevent”), shortening of defenden (“defend”)

    From Wiktionary