defence Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

Meaning of “defence” in the English Dictionary

"defence" in British English

See all translations

defencenoun

UK (US defense) uk   us   /dɪˈfens/

defence noun (PROTECTION)

A2 [C or U] protection or ​support against ​attack, ​criticism, or ​infection: The ​rebels' only ​form of defence against the ​soldiers' ​guns was ​sticks and ​stones. The ​war has ​ended but ​governmentspending on defence (= the country's ​armedforces) is still ​increasing. When Helen ​criticized me, Chris came/​rushed to my defence (= ​quicklysupported me). The ​book is a ​closelyargued defence of (= something that ​supports) the ​economictheory of Keynes. The ​towers were ​once an ​importantpart of the city's defences. A good ​diethelpsbuild the body's ​natural defences.
See also
More examples

defence noun (EXPLANATION)

[S or U] an ​argument or ​explanation that you use to ​prove that you are not ​guilty of something: The ​judgeremarked that ​ignorance was not a ​valid defence. All I can say, in defence of my ​actions, is that I had little ​choice. the things said in ​court to ​prove that a ​person did not ​commit a ​crime: She said that she didn't ​want a ​lawyer and was going to conduct her own defence.the defence C2 the ​person or ​people in a ​lawcase who have been ​accused of doing something ​illegal, and ​their lawyer(s): a ​witness for the defence a defence ​lawyer

defence noun (SPORT)

B1 [S or U] in some ​sports, the ​part of a ​team that ​tries to ​prevent the other ​team from ​scoringgoals or ​points: a ​strong defence I ​play in defence.

defence noun (CHESS)

specialized games [C or U] in the ​game of chess , a ​particular set of ​moves used by the ​personplaying with the ​blackpieces: What defence did you use in that last ​game?
(Definition of defence from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"defence" in Business English

See all translations

defencenoun

UK ( US defense) uk   us   /dɪˈfens/
[S or U] LAW an argument or explanation which you use to prove that you are not guilty of something: Now he says he's done nothing wrong, and I ​assume that will be his defence in ​court. a defense ​attorney/​lawyer
the defence [S] LAW the ​person or ​people in a ​lawcase who have been ​accused of doing something ​illegal, and the ​lawyer or ​lawyers who are ​representing them: He ​claims that ​officialdocuments of vital ​importance to the defence were not ​available.
Compare
[C] a ​method used by a ​company to ​avoid having another ​company take ​control of it: The ​chiefexecutiveled a vigorous ​takeover defence. One possible defence ​strategy is to ​mount a ​higher counter-bid for the ​parentcompany.
(Definition of defence from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of defence?