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English definition of “defend”

defend

verb     /dɪˈfend/
PROTECT [T] B1 to protect someone or something from being attacked , especially by fighting : The army was sent in to defend the country against enemy attack . [often reflexive] She tried to defend herself with a knife .Responding to an attack
SUPPORT [T] B2 to support someone or something that is being criticized : The newspaper's editor defended his decision to publish the photos .Backing, supporting and defendingDefending and protecting
LAW [T] to try to show in a court that someone is not guilty of a crime : He has hired two lawyers to defend him in court .Taking legal action
SPORT [I, T] to try to stop the other sports team from scoring points General terms used in ball sports
defend a championship/title, etc to try to win a game or competition that you have won before: She will be defending her title for the third year running .Competing in sportCompeting and contending (non-sporting)
defender noun [C]
(Definition of defend verb from the Cambridge Learner's Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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