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defender

noun [C] uk   /dɪˈfen.dər/ us    /-dɚ/

defender noun [C] (PROTECTOR)

someone who protects a place against attack, or who believes in and supports a person, idea, plan, etc.: The city's defenders were outnumbered by the besieging army. So far they have found few defenders of their point of view on campus.

defender noun [C] (IN SPORT)

B2 someone in a sports team who tries to prevent the other team from scoring points, goals, etc.: The Brazilian attack put France's defenders under pressure.
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