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Definition of 'defend'

Verb

  1. argue or speak in defense of; "She supported the motion to strike"
       Synonyms: support fend for
  2. be on the defensive; act against an attack
       Antonyms: attack assail
  3. protect against a challenge or attack; "Hold that position behind the trees!"; "Hold the bridge against the enemy's attacks"
       Synonyms: guard hold
  4. fight against or resist strongly; "The senator said he would oppose the bill"; "Don't fight it!"
       Synonyms: fight oppose fight back fight down
  5. protect or fight for as a champion
       Synonyms: champion
  6. be the defense counsel for someone in a trial; "Ms. Smith will represent the defendant"
       Synonyms: represent
       Antonyms: prosecute
  7. state or assert; "He maintained his innocence"
       Synonyms: maintain


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