defend definition, meaning - what is defend in the British English Dictionary & Thesaurus - Cambridge Dictionaries Online

Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “defend”

See all translations

defend

verb uk   us   /dɪˈfend/

defend verb (PROTECT)

B1 [T] to protect someone or something against attack or criticism; to speak in favour of someone or something: How can we defend our homeland if we don't have an army? White blood cells help defend the body against infection. They are fighting to defend their beliefs/interests/rights. He vigorously defended his point of view. The president was asked how he could defend (= explain his support for) a policy that increased unemployment. I'm going to karate lessons to learn how to defend myself.UK The Bank of England intervened this morning to defend the pound (= stop it from losing value).
Compare
More examples

defend verb (IN COURT OF LAW)

to act as a lawyer for someone who has been accused of something in a court of law and try to prove that they are not guilty : I can't afford a lawyer, so I shall defend myself (= argue my own case in a court of law).

defend verb (IN SPORT)

[T] to compete in a sports competition that you won before and try to win it again: He will defend his 1,500 metre title this weekend. The defending champion will play her first match of the tournament tomorrow. [I] to try to prevent the opposing player or players from scoring points, goals, etc. in a sport: In the last ten minutes of the game, we needed to defend.
(Definition of defend from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of defend?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “defend” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

generous

willing to give money, help, kindness, etc., especially more than is usual or expected

Word of the Day

May I sit here? Asking for and giving permission.

by Liz Walter,
June 03, 2015
We often find ourselves in situations where we need to ask for permission or to reply to people who ask us for permission. Here are some words and phrases to help you do this in a natural way. The simplest way to ask for permission is with the modal verb can: Can

Read More 

ebolaphobia noun

June 01, 2015
irrational fear of the (spread of) the Ebola virus Ebolaphobia Going Viral

Read More