AskDefine | Define defend

Dictionary Definition



1 argue or speak in defense of; "She supported the motion to strike" [syn: support, fend for]
2 be on the defensive; act against an attack [ant: attack]
3 protect against a challenge or attack; "Hold that position behind the trees!"; "Hold the bridge against the enemy's attacks" [syn: guard, hold]
4 fight against or resist strongly; "The senator said he would oppose the bill"; "Don't fight it!" [syn: fight, oppose, fight back, fight down]
5 protect or fight for as a champion [syn: champion]
6 be the defense counsel for someone in a trial; "Ms. Smith will represent the defendant" [syn: represent] [ant: prosecute]
7 state or assert; "He maintained his innocence" [syn: maintain]

User Contributed Dictionary



defenden, from defendre (French défendre), from dēfendere, to ward off.



  1. To ward off an attacker; to protect one's assets, or allies.
  2. To focus one's energies and talents on preventing opponents from scoring, as opposed to focusing on scoring.


protect one's assets by warding off

Extensive Definition

Defender, meaning 'who/which defends', may refer to:
defend in Korean: 디펜더
defend in Italian: Defender
defend in Japanese: ディフェンダー
defend in Russian: Defender

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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