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defend

 
Verb defend has 7 senses
  1. defend, support, fend for - argue or speak in defense of; "She supported the motion to strike"
    --1 is one way to argue, reason
    Derived forms: noun defender1, noun defence6
    Sample sentences:
    Somebody ----s something
    Somebody ----s somebody
    Something ----s somebody
    Something ----s something
  2. defend - be on the defensive; act against an attack
    --2 is one way to
    prevent, keep
    Antonyms: attack, assail
    Derived form: noun defence2
    Sample sentences:
    Somebody ----s something
    Somebody ----s somebody
  3. defend, guard, hold - protect against a challenge or attack; "Hold that position behind the trees!"; "Hold the bridge against the enemy's attacks"
    --3 is one way to protect
    Derived forms: noun defender1, noun defence4
    Sample sentence:
    Somebody ----s something
  4. fight, oppose, fight back, fight down, defend - fight against or resist strongly; "The senator said he would oppose the bill"; "Don't fight it!"
    --4 is one way to fight, struggle
    Sample sentences:
    Somebody ----s
    Somebody ----s something
    Somebody ----s somebody
  5. champion, defend - protect or fight for as a champion
    --5 is one way to back, endorse, indorse, plump for, plunk for, support
    Derived form: noun defender1
    Sample sentences:
    Somebody ----s something
    Somebody ----s somebody
  6. defend, represent - be the defense counsel for someone in a trial; "Ms. Smith will represent the defendant"
    Antonyms: prosecute
    Derived forms: noun defendant1, noun defence3
    Sample sentence:
    They want to defend the prisoners
  7. maintain, defend - state or assert; "He maintained his innocence"
    --7 is one way to affirm
    Sample sentences:
    Somebody ----s something
    Somebody ----s that CLAUSE
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