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English definition of “defend”

defend

verb  /dɪˈfend/ us  

defend verb (PROTECT)

[T] to protect someone or something from attack or harm: Communities will fight to defend themselves. How can people best defend themselves against disease? [T] To defend is also to argue in support of something, esp. when it has been criticized: She defended her husband against the accusations.

defend verb (SPORTS)

[I/T] (in sports) to try to prevent the opposition from scoring points in a competition, or to guard a goal or other position: [I] Jones is a difficult player to defend against.
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