Meaning of “defender” in the English Dictionary

"defender" in British English

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defendernoun [ C ]

uk /dɪˈfen.dər/ us /dɪˈfen.dɚ/

(Definition of “defender” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"defender" in American English

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defendernoun [ C ]

us /dɪˈfen·dər/

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.

(Definition of “defender” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)