defend definition

  • verb-transitive:
    • In order to make or keep safe from danger, attack, or damage.
    • Sports to try to stop the resistance from scoring playing in or near (an objective or section of a field, for example).
    • Sports To be accountable for guarding (an opposing player).
    • Sports To compete keenly against a challenger in an attempt to retain (a championship).
    • To support or maintain, as by debate or action; justify.
    • Law To express (a defendant) in a civil or unlawful action.
    • Law To attempt to disprove or invalidate (an action or claim).
    • To ward or fend off; to-drive right back or away; to repel.
    • To prohibit; to forbid.
    • To repel danger or harm from; to guard; to secure against attack; to keep against power or debate; to uphold; to protect; ; -- often accompanied by from or against.
    • To reject the right of the plaintiff regarding (the match, or the wrong charged); to oppose or resist, as a claim at legislation; to contest, as a suit.
  • verb-intransitive:
    • to create a defense.
    • Sports to try out security.
  • verb:
    • To defend against, repel (an attack or assailant).
    • to stop, to help keep (from performing one thing).
    • To prohibit, forbid.
    • To prevent assaults from; to fight to safeguard; to guard.
    • to aid by words or writing; to vindicate, talk in preference of.
    • which will make appropriate defence of; to express (the accused).
    • To focus one's energies and abilities on preventing opponents from scoring, in place of targeting scoring.
    • to try and keep a title, or attempt to achieve similar stage in a competition as you performed in the previous version of the competitors.
    • To call a raise from huge blind.
    • protect or fight for as a champion
    • function as the security advice for some body in an effort
    • protect against challenging or assault
    • argue or talk in defense of
    • fight or withstand strongly
    • be on protective; act against an attack
    • state or assert
  • others:
    • To drive off or away; pushed straight back; fend or prevent; repel.
    • To forbid; prohibit; forefend.
    • To defend against attack from; protect well from assault or damage; shield: since, to defend a fortress.
    • To vindicate; uphold; protect by power, argument, or evidence: as, to protect an individual's legal rights and benefits; to defend a cause or claim at law.
    • Synonyms Protect, Shelter, an such like. (see keep), guard, guard. Keep, Vindicate, etc. See assert.
    • in-law, in order to make opposition; enter or make defense: since, the party comes into judge, defends, and claims.

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