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Meaning of “defend” - Learner’s Dictionary

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 pointsGeneral 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]
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