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

Samples where defend or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • She supported the motion to strike

Synonyms for defend in the sense of this definition

(defend is a kind of ...) present reasons and arguments

(... is a kind of defend ) defend, explain, clear away, or make excuses for by reasoning

"rationalize the child's seemingly crazy behavior" "he rationalized his lack of success"

(... is a kind of defend ) support someone (as in an argument)

"she always takes his side, no matter how sound his argument"

(... is a kind of defend ) defend against attack or criticism

"He stood up for his friend" "She stuck up for the teacher who was accused of harassing the student"

(... is a kind of defend ) stand up for; stick up for; of causes, principles, or ideals

Definition 2: state or assert - [verb of communication]

Samples where defend or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • He maintained his innocence

Synonyms for defend in the sense of this definition

(defend is a kind of ...) say yes to

(... is a kind of defend ) maintain, uphold, or defend

"vindicate the rights of the citizens"

Definition 3: be on the defensive; act against an attack - [verb of competition]

(defend is a kind of ...) stop (someone or something) from doing something or being in a certain state

"We must prevent the cancer from spreading" "His snoring kept me from falling asleep" "Keep the child from eating the marbles"

(... is a kind of defend ) defend with a bulwark

(... is a kind of defend ) shield from danger, injury, destruction, or damage

"Weatherbeater protects your roof from the rain"

(... is a kind of defend ) avert, turn away, or repel

"Ward off danger"

(... is a kind of defend ) hold back, as of a danger or an enemy; check the expansion or influence of

"Arrest the downward trend" "Check the growth of communism in South East Asia" "Contain the rebel movement" "Turn back the tide of communism"

(defend implies ...) be engaged in a fight; carry on a fight

"the tribesmen fought each other" "Siblings are always fighting" "Militant groups are contending for control of the country"

Definition 4: protect against a challenge or attack - [verb of competition]

Samples where defend or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

Synonyms for defend in the sense of this definition

(defend is a kind of ...) shield from danger, injury, destruction, or damage

"Weatherbeater protects your roof from the rain"

(defend has a similar meaning as ...) take and maintain control over, often by violent means

"The dissatisfied students held the President's office for almost a week"

Definition 5: protect or fight for as a champion - [verb of competition]

Synonyms for defend in the sense of this definition

(defend is a kind of ...) be behind; approve of

"He plumped for the Labor Party" "I backed Kennedy in 1960"

Definition 6: fight against or resist strongly - [verb of competition]

Samples where defend or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

Synonyms for defend in the sense of this definition

(defend is a kind of ...) be engaged in a fight; carry on a fight

"the tribesmen fought each other" "Siblings are always fighting" "Militant groups are contending for control of the country"

(... is a kind of defend ) show strong objection or repugnance; manifest vigorous opposition or resistance; be obstinately disobedient

"The Democratic senators recalcitrated against every proposal from the Republican side"

(... is a kind of defend ) withstand the force of something

"The trees resisted her" "stand the test of time" "The mountain climbers had to fend against the ice and snow"

(... is a kind of defend ) stand up or offer resistance to somebody or something

(... is a kind of defend ) force or drive back

"repel the attacker" "fight off the onslaught" "rebuff the attack"

Samples where defend or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Ms. Smith will represent the defendant

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