Meaning of “defend” - Learner’s Dictionary


verb us uk /dɪˈfend/

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.

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B2 to support someone or something that is being criticized:

The newspaper's editor defended his decision to publish the photos.
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.
SPORT [ I, T ]

to try to stop the other sports team from scoring points

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.
defender noun [ C ]

(Definition of “defend” from the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)