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English definition of “defence”

defence

noun UK (US defense)
 
 
/dɪˈfens/
MILITARY [U] the weapons and military forces that a country uses to protect itself against attack: Government spending on defence is increasing. the defence minister/industryResponding to an attackProtection and protectorsEnvironmental issues
PROTECTION [C, U] B2 protection, or something that provides protection against attack or criticism: the body's defences against infection She argued strongly in defence of her actions.Responding to an attackBacking, supporting and defendingDefending and protectingProtection and protectorsEnvironmental issues
come to sb's defence to support someone when they are being criticizedBacking, supporting and defendingDefending and protecting
the defence [group] the lawyers in a court who work in support of the person who is accused of a crime: He was cross-examined by the defence. a defence lawyer Lawyers and legal officialsPeople appearing in court
SPORT US  /ˈdɪfens/ [C, U] B1 the part of a sports team that tries to prevent the other team from scoring points: Our team has a very strong defence. → See also self-defenceCompetitors and participants in sports and games
(Definition of defence from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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