defend

  • 1 Defend — De*fend (d[ e]*f[e^]nd ), v. t. [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.… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 defend — de·fend vt 1: to drive danger or attack away from using a weapon to defend oneself 2: to act as attorney for (a defendant) appointed to defend the accused 3: to deny or oppose the rights of a plaintiff in regard to (a suit or claim) intend to… …

    Law dictionary

  • 3 defend — de‧fend [dɪˈfend] verb [transitive] LAW 1. if a lawyer defends someone charged with a crime, he or she represents that person and argues that they are not guilty of the charge 2. to do something in order to stop something being taken away or to… …

    Financial and business terms

  • 4 defend — 1 Defend, protect, shield, guard, safeguard mean to keep secure from danger or against attack. Defend implies the use of means to ward off something that actually threatens or to repel something that actually attacks {raise a large army to defend …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 5 defend — mid 13c., from O.Fr. defendre (12c.) defend, resist, and directly from L. defendere ward off, protect, guard, allege in defense, from de from, away (see DE (Cf. de )) + fendere to strike, push, from PIE root *gwhen to strike, kill (see BANE (Cf …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 6 defend — [v1] protect avert, battle, beat off, bulwark, care for, cherish, conserve, contend, cover, entrench, espouse, fend off, fight, fight for, fortify, foster, garrison, guard, guard against, hedge, hold, hold at bay, house, insure, keep safe, look… …

    New thesaurus

  • 7 defend — ► VERB 1) resist an attack on; protect from harm or danger. 2) conduct the case for (the party being accused or sued) in a lawsuit. 3) attempt to justify. 4) compete to retain (a title or seat) in a contest or election. 5) (in sport) protect one… …

    English terms dictionary

  • 8 defend — [dē fend′, difend′] vt. [ME defenden < OFr defendre < L defendere, to ward off, repel < de , away, from + fendere, to strike < IE base * gwhen , to strike > Gr theinein, to kill, strike, OE guth, combat] 1. a) to guard from attack; …

    English World dictionary

  • 9 defend */*/*/ — UK [dɪˈfend] / US verb Word forms defend : present tense I/you/we/they defend he/she/it defends present participle defending past tense defended past participle defended 1) [transitive] to protect someone or something from attack Thousands of… …

    English dictionary

  • 10 defend — de|fend W3S3 [dıˈfend] v [Date: 1200 1300; : Old French; Origin: defendre, from Latin defendere, from fendere to hit ] 1.) [I and T] to do something in order to protect someone or something from being attacked ▪ a struggle to defend our homeland… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 11 defend — de|fend [ dı fend ] verb *** ▸ 1 protect from attack ▸ 2 speak to support someone/something ▸ 3 prevent something from failing ▸ 4 in law ▸ 5 try to win again ▸ 6 in sports 1. ) transitive to protect someone or something from attack: Thousands of …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 12 defend — /dI fend/ verb 1 (T) to do something in order to protect someone or something from being attacked: defend sth against/from: They needed more troops to defend the border against possible attack. | defend yourself: I picked a stick up to defend… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 13 defend — verb Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo French defendre, from Latin defendere, from de + fendere to strike; akin to Old English gūth battle, war, Greek theinein to strike Date: 14th century transitive verb 1. a. to drive danger or attack away… …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 14 defend — [[t]dɪfe̱nd[/t]] ♦♦ defends, defending, defended 1) VERB If you defend someone or something, you take action in order to protect them. [V n] Every man who could fight was now committed to defend the ridge... [V n] His courage in defending… …

    English dictionary

  • 15 defend*/*/ — [dɪˈfend] verb 1) [T] to protect someone or something from attack Can the military defend the city against attack?[/ex] 2) [T] to say things to support someone or something We will defend their right to free speech.[/ex] 3) to try to prevent your …

    Dictionary for writing and speaking English

  • 16 defend — v. 1) (D; refl., tr.) to defend against, from (she defended herself against the attack) 2) (K) I cannot defend his drinking on the job * * * [dɪ fend] from (she defended herself against the attack) (D;refl.,tr.) to defend against (K) I cannot… …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 17 defend — defendable, adj. defender, n. /di fend /, v.t. 1. to ward off attack from; guard against assault or injury (usually fol. by from or against): The sentry defended the gate against sudden attack. 2. to maintain by argument, evidence, etc.; uphold:… …

    Universalium

  • 18 defend — 01. The father was seriously injured trying to [defend] his son from a vicious dog. 02. I [defended] myself with a knife. 03. She [defended] herself successfully in court, and was found innocent of the charges against her. 04. The whale was… …

    Grammatical examples in English

  • 19 defend — verb 1 protect against attack ADVERB ▪ adequately, effectively, properly (esp. BrE), successfully ▪ Computer users need to ensure their systems are properly defended. ▪ She successfully defended herself against an attack from someone larg …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 20 defend — [13] Defend comes via Old French defendre from Latin dēfendere ‘ward off’, a compound verb formed from the prefix dē ‘off, away’ and an element that survives elsewhere only in other compound forms (represented in English by offend). It has been… …

    The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins