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English definition of “defend”

defend

verb [T] (PROTECT)    /dɪˈfend/
B1 to protect someone or something against attack or criticism; to speak in favour of someone or something: How can we defend our homeland if we don't have an army? White blood cells help defend the body against infection. They are fighting to defend their beliefs/interests/rights. He vigorously defended his point of view. The Bank of England intervened this morning to defend the pound (= stop it from losing value). The prime minister was asked how he could defend (= explain his support for) a policy that increased unemployment. I'm going to karate lessons to learn how to defend myself. → Compare attack verbBacking, supporting and defendingDefending and protecting
(Definition of defend verb (PROTECT) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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