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defender

noun [C]  /dɪˈfen·dər/ us  

defender noun [C] (PERSON WHO PROTECTS)

a person who supports someone or something, esp. when attacked or criticized: She is a defender of women’s rights.

defender noun [C] (SPORTS)

someone on a team who tries to prevent the other team from scoring points: Murray dribbled past a defender and fired the ball right into the basket.
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