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"defend" in British English

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defendverb

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 ​ourhomeland if we don't have an ​army? White ​bloodcellshelp defend the ​body againstinfection. 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 ​increasedunemployment. I'm going to ​karatelessons to ​learn how to defend myself.UK The Bank of ​Englandintervened this ​morning to defend the ​pound (= ​stop it from ​losingvalue).
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  • 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 ​sportscompetition that you ​won before and ​try to ​win it again: He will defend his 1,500 ​metretitle this ​weekend. The defending ​champion will ​play her first ​match of the ​tournamenttomorrow. [I] to ​try to ​prevent the ​opposingplayer or ​players from ​scoringpoints, ​goals, etc. in a ​sport: In the last ten ​minutes of the ​game, we ​needed to defend.
(Definition of defend from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"defend" in American English

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defendverb

 us   /dɪˈfend/
  • defend verb (PROTECT)

[T] to ​protect someone or something from ​attack or ​harm: Communities will ​fight to defend themselves. How can ​peoplebest defend themselves against ​disease? [T] To defend is also to ​argue in ​support of something, esp. when it has been ​criticized: She defended her ​husband against the accusations.
  • defend verb (SPORTS)

[I/T] (in ​sports) to ​try to ​prevent the ​opposition from ​scoringpoints in a ​competition, or to ​guard a ​goal or other ​position: [I] Jones is a ​difficultplayer to defend against.
(Definition of defend from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"defend" in Business English

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defendverb [T]

uk   us   /dɪˈfend/
to ​protect someone or something against attack, criticism, or ​loss: defend sth/yourself against sth The ​company has been defending itself against a ​takeoverbid. The ​unionsaccused the ​government of not doing enough to defend ​jobs. defend your decision/​actions
MONEY, ECONOMICS to take ​action to ​stop a ​currency from ​losingvalue: The Bank of England stepped in today to defend the ​pound.
LAW to be the ​lawyer speaking for a ​person or ​organization in a ​court of ​law, or speaking about a particular ​case: The ​accusedCEO was defended by one of the country's ​leadinglawyers. The ​attorneygeneral, whose ​office defended the ​case on behalf of the Department of Public Safety, said he ​anticipates an ​appeal.
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LAW if you defend a ​legalcase against you, you ​arrange for it to be discussed in a ​court of ​law: If you want to defend a ​claim against you, you have 30 days to ​file a Statement of Reply with the Tribunal.
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(Definition of defend from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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