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English definition of “defend”

defend

verb [T] (PROTECT)   /dɪˈfend/
to protect someone or something from attack or harm: Communities will fight to defend themselves. How can people best defend themselves against disease? To defend is also to argue in support of something, esp. when it has been criticized: She defended her husband against the accusations.
(Definition of defend verb (PROTECT) from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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