Defend - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |dɪˈfend|  American pronunciation of the word defend
Brit.  |dɪˈfɛnd|  British pronunciation of the word defend


- argue or speak in defense of (syn: support)
- be on the defensive; act against an attack
- protect against a challenge or attack (syn: guard, hold)
- fight against or resist strongly (syn: fight, oppose)
- protect or fight for as a champion (syn: champion)
- be the defense counsel for someone in a trial(syn: represent)
- state or assert (syn: maintain)


The company must defend its own interests.

We believed it was a cause worth defending.

She defended her friend's behavior.

Stop defending him. What he did was wrong.

The country is defended with a strong navy.

If you go alone into the forest, you'd better defend yourself with a knife.

I cannot defend his drinking on the job.

What can we do to defend ourselves against continuously rising prices?

Ms. Smith will represent the defendant

I don't feel the need to defend my decision.

The government has issued a call to its supporters to defend it and hopes they will answer its call.

She believes that all people have a moral obligation to defend human rights.

Her body was not able to defend itself against illness.

He was prepared to fight to defend his family's honor.

Because he was indigent, the court appointed a lawyer to defend him.

Word forms

I/you/we/they: defend
he/she/it: defends
present participle: defending
past tense: defended
past participle: defended
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