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DEFEND

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does defend mean? 

DEFEND (verb)
  The verb DEFEND has 7 senses:

1. argue or speak in defense of
2. be on the defensive; act against an attack
3. protect against a challenge or attack
4. fight against or resist strongly
5. protect or fight for as a champion
6. be the defense counsel for someone in a trial
7. state or assert

  Familiarity information: DEFEND used as a verb is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


DEFEND (verb)


Sense 1defend [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Argue or speak in defense of

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

defend; fend for; support

Context example:

She supported the motion to strike

Hypernyms (to "defend" is one way to...):

argue; reason (present reasons and arguments)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "defend"):

apologise; apologize; excuse; justify; rationalise; rationalize (defend, explain, clear away, or make excuses for by reasoning)

stand up; stick up (defend against attack or criticism)

uphold (stand up for; stick up for; of causes, principles, or ideals)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s somebody
Something ----s something


Sense 2defend [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Be on the defensive; act against an attack

Classified under:

Verbs of fighting, athletic activities

Hypernyms (to "defend" is one way to...):

keep; prevent (prevent from doing something or being in a certain state)

"Defend" entails doing...:

contend; fight; struggle (be engaged in a fight; carry on a fight)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "defend"):

bulwark (defend with a bulwark)

protect (shield from danger, injury, destruction, or damage)

ward off (avert, turn away, or repel)

arrest; check; contain; hold back; stop; turn back (hold back, as of a danger or an enemy; check the expansion or influence of)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody

Antonym:

attack (launch an attack or assault on; begin hostilities or start warfare with)


Sense 3defend [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Protect against a challenge or attack

Classified under:

Verbs of fighting, athletic activities

Synonyms:

defend; guard; hold

Context examples:

Hold that position behind the trees! / Hold the bridge against the enemy's attacks

Hypernyms (to "defend" is one way to...):

protect (shield from danger, injury, destruction, or damage)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 4defend [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Fight against or resist strongly

Classified under:

Verbs of fighting, athletic activities

Synonyms:

fight down; oppose; fight back; fight; defend

Context examples:

The senator said he would oppose the bill / Don't fight it!

Hypernyms (to "defend" is one way to...):

contend; fight; struggle (be engaged in a fight; carry on a fight)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "defend"):

drive back; fight off; rebuff; repel; repulse (force or drive back)

hold out; resist; stand firm; withstand (stand up or offer resistance to somebody or something)

fend; resist; stand (withstand the force of something)

recalcitrate (show strong objection or repugnance; manifest vigorous opposition or resistance; be obstinately disobedient)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s
Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody


Sense 5defend [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Protect or fight for as a champion

Classified under:

Verbs of fighting, athletic activities

Synonyms:

champion; defend

Hypernyms (to "defend" is one way to...):

back; endorse; indorse; plump for; plunk for; support (be behind; approve of)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody


Sense 6defend [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Be the defense counsel for someone in a trial

Classified under:

Verbs of political and social activities and events

Synonyms:

defend; represent

Context example:

Ms. Smith will represent the defendant

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody

Sentence example:

They want to defend the prisoners

Antonym:

prosecute (bring a criminal action against (in a trial))


Sense 7defend [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

State or assert

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

defend; maintain

Context example:

He maintained his innocence

Hypernyms (to "defend" is one way to...):

affirm (say yes to)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "defend"):

vindicate (maintain, uphold, or defend)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE


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