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Meaning of “defender” in the English Dictionary

"defender" in British English

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defendernoun [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 ​besiegingarmy. So ​far they have ​found few defenders oftheirpoint of ​view on ​campus.

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  • defender noun [C] (IN SPORT)

B2 mainly UK someone in a ​sportsteam who ​tries to ​prevent the other ​team from ​scoringpoints, ​goals, etc.: The Brazilian ​attack put France's defenders under ​pressure.
(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 ​scoringpoints: Murray ​dribbled past a defender and ​fired the ​ballright into the ​basket.
(Definition of defender from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “defender”
in Arabic مُدافِع…
in Korean 수비 선수…
in Portuguese defesa, zagueiro, -a…
in Catalan defensa…
in Japanese (スポーツチームの)ディフェンダー…
in Chinese (Simplified) 守卫者,捍卫者, 支持者, 防守队员…
in Chinese (Traditional) 守衛者,捍衛者, 支持者, 防守隊員…
in Italian difensore…
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