defence Meaning in the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary
Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

Meaning of “defence” - Learner’s Dictionary

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-defence Competitors and participants in sports and games
(Definition of defence from the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

More Learner's Dictionary definitions for “defence”

Word of the Day

harvest

to pick and collect crops, or to collect plants, animals, or fish to eat

Word of the Day

In London but at the station: prepositions for talking about travel
In London but at the station: prepositions for talking about travel
by Liz Walter,
September 02, 2015
Several readers have asked for information on prepositions, so I will start with a blog post that looks at an area where they are really important: travel. The first thing to remember is that we use to (and not ‘in’) after the verb go: We are going to London. I went to

Read More 

parklet noun
parklet noun
August 31, 2015
a public outdoor space that may be associated with a local business but where anyone can sit Pop-up cafes in NY are what’s actually called parklets in many other places around the country.

Read More