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What is another word for defend?

What's another word for defend? | Here's a list of synonyms for defend.

Definition 1: argue or speak in defense of - [verb of communication]

Definition 1: state or assert - [verb of communication]

Definition 1: be on the defensive; act against an attack - [verb of competition]

Definition 1: protect against a challenge or attack - [verb of competition]

Definition 1: protect or fight for as a champion - [verb of competition]

Definition 1: fight against or resist strongly - [verb of competition]

Definition 1: be the defense counsel for someone in a trial - [verb of social]