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defend

2 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Defend \De*fend"\ (d[-e]*f[e^]nd"), verb (used with an object) [imp. & p. p. {Defended}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Defending}.] [F. d['e]fendre, L. defendere; de- + fendere (only in comp.) to strike; perh. akin to Gr. qei'nein to strike, and E. dint. Cf. {Dint}, {Defense}, {Fend}.]

1. To ward or fend off; to drive back or away; to repel. [A Latinism & Obs.]

Th' other strove for to defend The force of Vulcan with his might and main. --Spenser.

2. To prohibit; to forbid. [Obs.] --Chaucer.

Which God defend that I should wring from him. --Shak.

3. To repel danger or harm from; to protect; to secure against attack; to maintain against force or argument; to uphold; to guard; as, to defend a town; to defend a cause; to defend character; to defend the absent; -- sometimes followed by from or against; as, to defend one's self from, or against, one's enemies.

The lord mayor craves aid . . . to defend the city. --Shak.

God defend the right! --Shak.

A village near it was defended by the river. --Clarendon.

4. (Law.) To deny the right of the plaintiff in regard to (the suit, or the wrong charged); to oppose or resist, as a claim at law; to contest, as a suit. --Burrill.

Syn: To {Defend}, {Protect}.

Usage: To defend is literally to ward off; to protect is to cover so as to secure against approaching danger. We defend those who are attacked; we protect those who are liable to injury or invasion. A fortress is defended by its guns, and protected by its wall.

As birds flying, so will the Lord of hosts defend Jerusalem; defending also he will deliver it. --Is. xxxi. 5.

Leave not the faithful side That gave thee being, still shades thee and protects. --Milton.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

defend

verb

1: argue or speak in defense of; "She supported the motion to strike" [syn: {defend}, {support}, {fend for}]

2: be on the defensive; act against an attack [ant: {assail}, {attack}]

3: protect against a challenge or attack; "Hold that position behind the trees!"; "Hold the bridge against the enemy's attacks" [syn: {defend}, {guard}, {hold}]

4: fight against or resist strongly; "The senator said he would oppose the bill"; "Don't fight it!" [syn: {fight}, {oppose}, {fight back}, {fight down}, {defend}]

5: protect or fight for as a champion [syn: {champion}, {defend}]

6: be the defense counsel for someone in a trial; "Ms. Smith will represent the defendant" [syn: {defend}, {represent}] [ant: {prosecute}]

7: state or assert; "He maintained his innocence" [syn: {maintain}, {defend}]

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